Friday, July 26, 2019
MLB Trade Review: Cubs acquire Holland
The Chicago Cubs have acquired LHP Derek Holland and cash considerations from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for cash considerations.
Holland is more pitching depth for the Cubs, which isn't ever a bad thing. He's an 11 year vet, and is just 32. He is having a terrible season, and was moved to the bullpen, but flew under the radar last year, his first in San Francisco. He also was a big part of the Rangers' runs to the 2010 and 2011 World Series. He might not even make a potential playoff roster, but for a swap of cash, it is a low risk. In two years in San Fransisco, his K rate has skyrocketed, currently at a 9.3 K/9.
Holland, 32, has a 5.90 ERA with 71 strikeouts in 68.2 innings this year for the Giants in 31 games (7 starts). In his MLB career for the Giants, Texas Rangers and Chicago White Sox, Holland has a 4.51 ERA with 1134 strikeouts in 1360 innings.
The Giants may or may not be sellers, but Holland nets them some cash, which could help them if they decide to buy at the deadline next week. He wasn't a starter any more, and was recently designated for assignment.