According to a source close to the situation, starting pitcher Derek Holland may have played his last game as a member of the Texas Rangers. In advance of the Rangers owning an $11 million club option for the 2017 season and another $11.5 million club option for 2018, it appears as though Texas would be more than willing to trade Holland in order to avoid keeping him on the books going forward. Texas is already discussing a possible deal with multiple teams, according to a source.
Texas would have to trade him before that option is due, meaning shortly after the World Series. That trade would likely be consummated before the option decision is due, if a trade is indeed agreed upon.
It is also worth noting that the two sides previously agreed to a $1.5 million buyout for 2017 and a $1 million buyout for 2018 if the Rangers find themselves unable to execute a trade.
The 30-year-old southpaw has spent the entirety of his big league career in Arlington while originally breaking into the league as a member of the Rangers back in 2009. Appearing in 33 total games as a rookie, Holland went on to make 21 starts and 12 relief appearances before becoming almost exclusively a starting pitcher.
Of his 179 career outings as a major league hurler, he has started 158 of them.
After making a combined 16 appearances, including 15 starts, between the 2014 and 2015 campaigns, Holland went on to make 22 appearances with 20 starts for the Rangers in 2016. Amassing a disappointing 4.95 ERA across 107.1 innings pitched, the oft-injured left-hander also produced a 7-9 record alongside 67 strikeouts and 35 walks.
With Holland potentially on the move, several clubs from around the league could certainly use the services of a seasoned left-handed starting pitcher. The New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Angels, among others, come to mind as the 2016-2017 offseason looms.
The post Heyman: Rangers open to trading Derek Holland this offseason appeared first on Todays Knuckleball.