If he truly is on the block, Greg Holland would certainly receive a lot of interest. The Kansas City Royals have been receiving calls on the availability of their closer, which, considering his performance and expected pay raise, certainly makes sense. However, unless the right deal comes along, such as a true power hitter in the middle of the lineup, there is really no reason for the Royals to trade a pitcher who has been one of the more dominant closers over the past couple of years.
That is what makes the Blue Jays interest in Holland so intriguing. The Blue Jays bullpen definitely needs help, as their 4.09 ERA ranked 25th last season. Adding Holland to the mix would certainly help that mark improve. And, as he is under team control for the next two seasons, Toronto may even be able to work out an extension with him.
But what could the Royals get from the Blue Jays to make a move for Greg Holland worthwhile? Obviously, the pipe dream would be some sort of a deal involving Holland that would bring Jose Bautista back to Kansas City. Since Bautista is signed for $14 Million for next year and there is a team option for another $14 Million, that affordable contract pretty much ensures that he will not be leaving Toronto for the foreseeable future.
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However, even without Bautista as a possible trade option, the Blue Jays have other players that could be of interest to the Royals. A young starting pitcher like Marcus Stroman would be worth such a move, allowing the Royals to parlay the money expected to be added to the payroll to sign a hitter. Stroman, paired with Yordano Ventura and Danny Duffy, would give the Royals an intriguing young trio atop their rotation.
While both the Blue Jays and the Royals would have pieces that the other team would seemingly be interested in, they may simply not match up well in a trade. The pieces that the Royals would want may not be considered movable by the Blue Jays, especially if the Royals demands for Holland end up being Stroman or Bautista. Likewise, depending on the players the Blue Jays would want back with Holland, the Royals may not be interested either.
It would make sense that the Blue Jays would be interested in Greg Holland. However, such a move does not seem plausible.