Reports: Nationals sign Holland to minor league deal
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The Washington Nationals signed former All-Star closer Greg Holland to a minor-league deal, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.
The 33-year-old right-hander was designated for assignment by the Arizona Diamondbacks last week after posting a 4.54 ERA and 17 saves in 22 chances.
Holland was highly effective during a previous stint in Washington, going 2-0 with a 0.84 ERA in 21 1/3 innings at the end of last season.
Bullpen woes have been a bugaboo for Washington this season. The Nationals attempted to overhaul their relief corps at the trade deadline, picking up Daniel Hudson from the Toronto Blue Jays and Roenis Elias and Hunter Strickland from the Seattle Mariners.
Including All-Star seasons with the Kansas City Royals (2013, 2014) and Colorado Rockies (2017), Holland is 24-22 with 206 saves and a 2.96 ERA in 466 career games.
He registered a career-high 47 saves in 2013 and added 46 more during the Royals' pennant-winning campaign in 2014. He led the NL with 41 saves for the Rockies in 2017.