Royals Sign Holland to 1 year deal

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GMDM has done it again.  Moore has successful avoided arbitration with another player.  This time it is All-World Closer Greg Holland.  Holland and the Royals came to terms on a 1 year, $8.25 million dollar deal.  This is a pretty good deal for both sides.  Not many relievers make this kind of coin.  Yet not many relievers have the stuff and numbers that Holland does.  The Royals are bound to play a lot of close games again this season, so keeping the strength of the team in the bullpen is a positive in my idea.  This move leaves only one player left that is arbitration eligible, and that is Eric Hosmer.  This could be a tough one for GMDM.  The club and the player are seeing very different numbers, so I would be incredibly impressed if Moore can close this one before it goes to arbitration, and keep a clean sheet.

Some other minor moves made today include the signing of Joe Blanton.  This 34 year old journeyman right handed pitcher spent last season with the California Angels of Anaheim of Los Angeles of Orange County.  Where he posted a 6.04 ERA in 28 games (20 starts).  Over his vast career Blanton has an ERA of .451 and is about ten years removed from his early success with the Oakland Athletics.  According to reports from Andy McCullough the royals were shopping for another starter, and Blanton was about what was left in the Royals price range.

Lastly, the Royals have also purchased the contract of T-Bones Pitcher Derek Gordon.  If the last name seems familiar that is because Derek is the brother of Royals Gold Glover Alex Gordon.  The 6 feet 8 inch right-handed pitcher will be an exciting player to watch, and see if he can make his way up to the big club.

Less than a week to go people…the final doldrums of Winter are almost over!


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