The Mets need bullpen help now that Jeurys Familia was traded. What better way to get help than by signing Greg Holland.
Greg Holland was recently designated for assignment and is available for the picking. Even though he hasn’t been posting great numbers this season, the New York Mets should consider signing him to bolster their bullpen.
It’s pretty much the right move. Not because we think he can be great again but because of what he can offer the rest of the team.
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This would be a different scenario. It wouldn’t matter whether or not Holland can pitch well again. They wouldn’t need him to be the 2017 Holland again, they just need him to pitch.
Here’s the thing, with Familia gone, the Mets bullpen is nowhere near what it was before, even if it was bad to begin with. Not just becauss of the loss of talent but the loss of a spot too.
Familia needs to be replaced in the roster. Sure, we can keep doing what we’ve been doing. We can call guys up and we can play mix and match but neither are the answer.
Replacing Familia with another solid dependable reliever is the key to the rest of the season. He doesn’t need to be great, he just needs to eat innings where he can and pull strain off of other pitchers.
Plus for all we know, Holland just needs another change of scenery. He’s pitched well for six seasons, even after coming off injuries, so it’s entirely possible that something simply didn’t click while he was in St. Louis.
The Mets know all too well about how change of scenery can help a player. But regardless of whether he will be good again, signing him will at least slow down the teams decent into madness.
He’s cheap and will help balance the team. This also isn’t the only time where a Cardinals pitcher could help out the team.