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Ottavino may open the year as the setup man, with Greg Holland potentially opening the year as the closer, the Denver Post's Nick Groke reports.

Added 03/16/17 12:08 pm (EST)
Groke referred to Holland as "the man to whom the Rockies will probably pin closer status next month," and while there has been no official word from the team or quotes to support this notion, the Rockies beat writer is as plugged in as anyone, so his opinion on the matter carries a lot of weight. Ottavino was dominant last season, but he has just 11 career saves compared to Holland's 145, so inexperience may be working against him here. He is still worth rostering in most deeper formats, given the fact that Holland is coming back from Tommy John surgery and nothing has been officially announced regarding who will close, but he needs to be downgraded significantly following Groke's take on the matter.
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The Rockies will likely tab Holland as the closer at the start of the season, the Denver Post's Nick Groke reports.

Added 03/16/17 12:01 pm (EST)
Groke, one of the Rockies' top beat writers, referred to Holland as "the man to whom the Rockies will probably pin closer status next month," so whether he is reading between the lines or basing this on off-the-record conversations, it seems fair to now peg Holland as the favorite to close in Colorado. Holland touched 95 mph with his fastball and threw his slider and curveball in Wednesday's perfect appearance against Brewers minor leaguers. Adam Ottavino certainly pitched well enough last season to deserve the closer role, but Holland has 145 career saves, compared to Ottavino's 11, so experience could carry the day for Holland. Ottavino is also probably more capable of logging 65-plus innings in a versatile high-leverage role, while Holland's innings should be more closely monitored in his first year back from Tommy John surgery, making the latter a more logical choice for the rigid one-inning closer role. Nothing is official, and Holland will obviously need to remain healthy and productive this spring to open the year as the closer, but this is now one of the least stable closer situations in the National League.
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Holland threw a perfect ninth inning in his spring debut Wednesday, striking out one batter in the process.

Added 03/15/17 7:35 pm (EST)
It was a nice return for the 31-year-old, who didn't allow a baserunner during his first appearance in a live game since undergoing Tommy John surgery in October 2015. He's expected to start the year as the setup man, but if he's able to regain his pre-injury form, the former All-Star will have a shot to grab hold of the closer role in 2017.
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Holland is scheduled to make his spring training debut Wednesday against the Brewers, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.

Added 03/14/17 8:19 pm (EST)
Holland hasn't appeared in a live game since undergoing Tommy John surgery in October 2015. It appears that the 31-year-old will open the season as the team's setup man, but if he's able to return to his pre-injury form, the former All-Star could find himself in the closer role sometime during 2017.
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Holland threw an inning in a simulated game over the weekend, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.

Added 03/13/17 2:36 pm (EST)
This is the former closer's second sim game of the spring, and if previous reports hold true, the next step is for Holland to get into a Cactus League game. No word has come out on when he'll get the green light to appear against another big league team, but it seems like his entry into the Rockies' relief corps is fast approaching.
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Holland threw 21 pitches in a simulated game Monday, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

Added 03/09/17 3:32 pm (EST)
Everything in the outing went according to plan, leaving actually appearing in a game as the final hurdle in his Tommy John rehab process. The plan as of now is to have Holland throw in one more sim game prior to getting into a Cactus League game. It's unclear how soon those two events will occur, but there's reason to believe he could return to full action within the next week.
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Holland won't appear in his first spring game until next week at the earliest, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

Added 03/01/17 2:55 pm (EST)
As he has done in the past, the former closer is taking his time prior to entering into any game situations, especially given his absence from last season's campaign due to Tommy John surgery. Holland seems to be 100 percent as of now, and he should give incumbent Adam Ottavino a run for his money for the title of closer.
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Holland threw 20 pitches in a modified simulated game Saturday and is scheduled for another session Tuesday before being re-evaluated, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.

Added 02/27/17 11:38 am (EST)
The hard-throwing right-hander is still coming back from Tommy John surgery, and although he has a clean bill of health, the Rockies are insistent on taking a fairly cautious approach with his progression during spring training. Holland noted that he sat out of the earlier games of the spring during his time with the Royals as well, so this situation shouldn't raise too much concern right now. There's currently no timetable for his first Cactus League appearance, but things seem to be going as planned for Holland even if he has yet to appear in a game.
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Greg Holland has passed his physical making his one-year deal with Colorado official.

Added 01/28/17 9:06 am (EST)   Source
With the deal being official, Holland gets a guaranteed $7 million with the Rockies. The deal also includes non-closing incentives which make the total $10 million. Holland is coming off of Tommy John surgery and if he isn't ready by the start of the season then expect Adam Ottavino to close comes until Holland is ready to return.
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Greg Holland and the Colorado Rockies have agreed on a one-year deal with a vesting option for a second year, pending physical.

Added 01/25/17 1:26 pm (EST)   Source
Rockies are willing to take a risk on Holland and hope he will return to the pitcher he was prior to his injury and surgery that cost him all of 2016. He is someone to keep an eye on in fantasy but there is no guarantee he will be able to comeback strong.
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