The Chicago White Sox are releasing Derek Holland, it appears. The former Texas Rangers pitcher is being put on waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release, the White Sox have announced today.
Holland, 30, was signed as a free agent by the ChiSox this offseason to a one year, $6 million deal after the Rangers declined his 2017 team option. There was some talk that with White Sox pitching guru Don Cooper, Holland could perhaps get his career back on track after missing much of 2014 with microfracture surgery on his knee, and then having back-to-back injury-shortened, disappointing campaigns in 2015 and 2016.
The knee surgery and subsequent shoulder issues that have dogged Holland appear to have permanently sapped Holland’s stuff, however, as he had a disastrous 2017 campaign, putting up a 6.20 ERA and a 6.42 FIP in 135 IP. Holland will presumably be looking at a minor league deal with an invite to major league camp in 2018.