KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Greg Holland will remain with the Royals.
The club announced Monday that Holland, who ranks fourth in team history with 151 saves, would return after going 3-0 with six saves and a 1.91 ERA in 28 appearances last season.
Holland signed a one-year deal worth $2.75 million, according ESPN MLB Insider Jeff Passan.
Reliever Greg Holland has signed a one-year, $2.75 million deal with the Kansas City Royals, sources tell ESPN. He’ll return to a bullpen that with Josh Staumont and Scott Barlow has a chance to be really good.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 14, 2020
After closer Trevor Rosenthal was traded to San Diego midseason, Holland took over the closer’s role and is the frontrunner for the job entering 2021.
Holland spent 2010-15 in Kansas City, which drafted him in the 10th round in 2007, as the closer for the World Series-winning bullpen.
He was among the top 10 relievers in baseball last season in ERA, WHIP (0.95) and opponents’ batting average (.200), posting the third most scoreless appearances (23) in the major leagues.
The Royals now have 38 players on the 40-man roster.