In his first major move as the new president of baseball operations, Farhan Zaidi and the San Francisco Giants re-signed lefty starter Derek Holland to a one year deal, with a club option for 2020.
According to a report by Ken Rosenthal, Holland’s contract comes with a $7MM guarantee, with a $6.5MM base salary for the 2019 season and a $500K buyout on a 2020 option. In other words, Holland’s new contract could be worth up to $15MM over the next two seasons, if he remains healthy and the Giants’ exercise their club option.
“It was just an easy decision to come back,” Holland told MLB.com reporter, Maria Guardado during a conference call with reporters. “Basically, I looked at it as resurrecting my career.”
Holland had a bounce-back season with San Francisco in 2018, after struggling since a microfracture in his knee back in 2014, and subsequent subpar, injury plagued seasons with the Texas Rangers and Chicago White Sox. But under Giants pitching coach Curt Young and bullpen coach Matt Herges, Holland emerged as San Francisco’s most reliable starter in 2018. He finished with a a 3.57 ERA, 169 strikeouts over a team-high 171 1/3 innings in.
Barring any surprise trades, Holland will compliment a starting rotation that features Madison Bumgarner, Derek Rodriguez, Andrew Suarez and, if healthy, Jeff Samardzija. Holland could also work out of the bullpen, and it’s this roster flexibility that could make him particularly valuable to Zaidi as the season begins.