New York Yankees Show Interest in Veteran Left-hander
Jun 10, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Derek Holland (45) reacts as he walks off the field after giving up four runs in the fourth inning to the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees have reportedly shown interest in Texas Rangers veteran lefty Derek Holland to bolster their rotation. 

In the crusade to bring stability to their rotation, the New York Yankees are on the hunt for someone who could do just that. 

According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, New York, along with the San Diego Padres, have “shown some early interest” in southpaw Derek Holland who the Texas Rangers decided not to offer an $11 million club option they held on Holland for 2017.

Holland was selected in the 25th round of the 2006 amateur draft and immediately made an impact at the time of his promotion three years after as he would win 49 games within his first five years in the bigs — sixth-most among lefty starters in the AL.

Over the last two years, however, the lefty pitched in a mere 32 total games thanks to a subscapular strain in his right shoulder in 2015 and left shoulder inflammation last season.


Overall in 2016, Holland maintained a mediocre 4.95 ERA over 107.1 innings of work with a 7-9 record to go hand-in-hand with a 1.91 strikeout-to-walk ratio, the lowest of his major league career.

Despite the recent decline, thanks to injuries, the Yankees could certainly use the work of an established southpaw in their rotation that’s cluttered with question marks. It all depends on the price for New York. Brian Cashman is not about to hand a 3-4 year deal to a starter that has taken the mound just 36 times over the last two years.



 

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