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, 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. The Giants paid him $1.75 million last year after he made the team as a nonroster invitee.
He made 30 starts and six relief appearances.
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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal first reported the deal for Holland, who had been approached by several other teams, including Texas, his original team.
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