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With spring training four weeks away, the Giants on Monday made their first significant player acquisition under their new leadership, re-signing left-handed starter Derek Holland to a one-year, $7 million free-agent contract that could be worth up to $15 million under a second-year option.
The Giants’ 2018 innings leader, who re-established his durability in a comeback season from multiple injuries, was 7-9 with a 3.57 ERA. More significant, Holland stabilized the rotation amid injuries to Madison Bumgarner, Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto.
Holland’s ability to start or relieve also makes him attractive to new president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, who promises more flexibility in how the pitching staff will be used in 2019.
Holland said by text he was “thrilled to be back with this organization and play in front of this fan base again.”
“I was blessed with an opportunity last year, and the way the staff and players helped me get back on track was something I’ll never forget. It was an easy decision to come back after working with (pitching coach) Curt Young and (bullpen coach) Matt Herges. Those two made a major impact with my pitching as well as several teammates.
“I made some major adjustments that helped a lot with my pitching. The fans have been amazing to me and I know I have more to prove, and I plan on doing everything I can to have them on my side and looking forward to working with the staff again, and helping this team out as much as I can to get where we want to be.”
Holland, 32, will get $6.5 million next season. He can earn up to $8.5 million if the Giants exercise his 2020 option based on how many starts he makes in 2019. If the option is exercised, Holland will earn a base salary of $6.5 million in 2020, which rises to $7 million if he makes 24 starts in 2019, $7.5 million with 28 starts and $8.5 million if he makes 32.
If the Giants do not exercise the option, Holland gets a $500,000 buyout.
He made 30 starts last year, plus six relief appearances, earning $2 million after he made the team as a nonroster invitee.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal first reported the deal for Holland, who had been courted by several teams, including Texas, his original team, and the Reds.
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