Closer Greg Holland, Cardinals agree to deal

Cardinals reportedly near deal with free agent closer Greg Holland, pending a physical

Since Holland had received a qualifying offer from the Rockies, the team wasn't eager to forfeit a draft pick in order to sign him.

Less than two hours before the start of their season, the St. Louis Cardinals found a closer.

The St. Louis Cardinals have reportedly reached a one-year deal with former Colorado Rockies relief pitcher, Greg Holland, pending a physical.

St. Louis had planned to use Luke Gregerson in the ninth inning, but he strained his left hamstring late in spring training and began the season on the 10-day disabled list with no timetable for his return.

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Holland - a three-time All-Star who led the National League in saves a year ago - had 41 saves for the Colorado Rockies in 2017.

The Cardinals were previously linked to Holland during offseason free agency speculation. He is the last remaining top-tier free agent on a free agent market that has been slow developing.

This week brought the start of the Major League Baseball season and the first defeat for the St. Louis Cardinals, who lost a 9-4 opener to the New York Mets. He sat out the 2016 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Over his career, he's got a 2.60 ERA and 186 saves. Before the MLB All-Star break, he provided 28 saves out of 29 attempts and also achieved an impressive 1.62 ERA in those appearances. Over 57.1 innings of work, he would save 41 games while finishing with a 3.61 ERA. Cardinals fans also saw the debut of rookie pitcher Jordan Hicks who showed what he's capable of with a 101.6 miles per hour pitch.

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