Colorado Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich confirmed his camp has made contact with that of free-agent Greg Holland's, according to a report from Drew Creasman of BSN Denver. Holland has been approached by the organization with a multi-year deal, according to the report.
Bridich confirmed to MLB.com that he's done nothing more than any other team that's interested in the righty. "Nothing to comment on there," he told MLB.com. "We have checked in, like most teams, I imagine."
The connection between Holland and the Rockies isn't incredibly surprising — Colorado have been in search of ways to bolster its bullpen, after carrying the league's highest relief ERA last season at 5.13. Bridich has already placed a surprisingly large wager on Mike Dunn, who recently inked a three-year deal with the club. Additionally, Rockies pitching coach Steve Foster was the Royals' assistant to the general manager and pitching coordinator from 2010-12. This time overlapped with when Holland broke into the majors.
Over the course of his career thus far, Holland has amassed 145 saves for the Royals, including 32 saves during the 2015 regular-season. That was the same year he pitched with ligament damage until being ultimately shut down in September. Kansas City would of course go on to win the World Series that year, riding behind Wade Davis as their closer. The Royals non-tendered Holland after the season concluded.
Now 31, Holland threw for scouts during a November combine, where his fastball ranged from 88-90 mph. Before his Tommy John surgery, Holland averaged around 96 mph on his fastball. Initial reviews were that he looked healthy, with the hope that time and further strengthening would allow him to increase the velocity of his pitches once more.