The LA Angels are undoubtedly the biggest winners this offseason. However, one position they have not addressed is the bullpen. They have lost key parts from their 2017 unit, and with one of the best relievers still available in Greg Holland, the Halos should make a call.
Yes, the LA Angels bullpen does not need to be worried about. Blake Parker is coming off a career year. Youngsters Keynan Middleton and Cam Bedrosian showed flashes last year. Noe Ramirez, Jim Johnson, and Blake Wood have all shown they can be solid. However, Greg Holland makes too much sense.
Holland is coming off a year in which he saved 41 games. He only blew four opportunities. While his ERA was at 3.61 for the Rockies, he showed how he knows how to close out games for a team. He is one of the free agent relievers who was forgotten about this offseason, but it seems likely he signs somewhere soon. And Anaheim makes too much sense.
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The Angels have a good bullpen. However, we saw in 2017 that they wore down as the season progressed. Now they have lost their best reliever along with their saves leader from 2017 in Yusmeiro Petit and Bud Norris, respectively.
They do not currently have an experienced closer in their bullpen. While Parker did save eight games in 2017, he also blew three. While that is not a bad percentage, it is nowhere near the efficiency Holland showed in 2017.
Holland also has postseason experience, which is something most Angels do not have. He also showed how lights out he can be in a playoff atmosphere. During the Kansas City Royals’ playoff run in 2014, Holland pitched 11 innings over 11 appearances. He absolutely dominated the competition with a 0.82 ERA. He also held opponent batters to a .105 batting average.
Holland does sometimes struggle with walking batters. However, that has not slowed down his production at all. The Halos have a potential playoff run awaiting them in 2018, and Holland can be the guy who closes out games and make that playoff run last a lot longer.