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MLB rumors: Rockies in active talks with Greg Holland

Rockies continue to be aggressive in the relief pitcher market

Update, 9:53 am MT 12/14

After the rumors cooled off yesterday, with Jeff Bridich saying he was surprised that there were reports that a deal was close when there apparently wasn’t. Jon Heyman says that the Rockies have a “nice” offer on the table and want to close a deal with Holland “ASAP.” Unfortunately, Scott Boras is the king of waiting for a better deal and might force the Rockies to look elsewhere for their closer.

Update, 11:36 am MT

Patrick Saunders has tweeted that while a deal is not done yet, the Rockies have a “strong offer on the table.”

Update, 11:15 am MT

Heyman has clarified that a Holland deal is not done but that there is still “strong optimism” that it will get done. This continue to clarify that the Rockies are not standing pat after two big reliever signings.

Despite having already agreed to terms with both Bryan Shaw and Jake McGee the Rockies don’t appear to be done spending big money on their bullpen. Jon Heyman is reporting that the Rockies are “closing in” on re-signing Greg Holland to be their closer.

However, both Mark Feinsand and Thomas Harding are reporting that their sources are saying that the Rockies are “just talking” at this point. Either way, it appears that the Rockies haven’t closed the book on adding an established closer to their bullpen after the two deals they’ve already agreed to during the winter meetings.

After being signed to an incentive-laden deal last offseason Greg Holland claimed the Rockies closer role and never gave it up. Outside of his slump in August that corresponded to him cutting his hand in a kitchen accident and also the birth of his child, Holland was lights-out for the rest of the season.

We’ll continue to update this story as things unfold.