White Sox: Derek Holland Placed on Release Waivers

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 19: Derek Holland
ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 19: Derek Holland /

Derek Holland on release waivers, ending his time with the White Sox. The left hander was 7-14 this season with a 6.20 ERA.

The Chicago White Sox placed left hander Derek Holland release waivers, ending his time with the club. The team signed Holland to a one-year $6 million contract during the offseason. The hope was he could set into the rotation and act as a veteran pitcher. After the trade of Chris Sale, the White Sox desperately needed a veteran presence. And they hoped Holland could be just that.

However, it just didn’t pan out. He had a few good starts to start the season but ultimately fell apart. He was 4-4 with a 2.37 ERA at the end of May. Then the wheels fell off. Holland would have an ERA over 9.00 over his next three months. In his only appearance in September he pitched 2/3 of an inning and allowed a run.

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The left hander will probably clear waivers and then be free to sign with any team. However, he wouldn’t be eligible to pitch in the post season because he would not have been on that club’s roster prior to August 31. That would severely limit his options and I don’t think he’ll find work until the offseason.

Holland’s tenure in Chicago was short. He was only hear on a one-year contract, so the White Sox don’t really lose anything by releasing him. If anything, they won’t have a reliable arm. He may have struggled this season but he was durable, tallying 135 innings this season. Had he still been in the starting rotation he most likely would have eclipsed the 200 inning mark for the second time in his career.

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Holland’s departure will allow the organization to get more looks at some prospects. It’s time to start thinking of the future. Holland was not going to be a part of that, so it was time for him to go.