Holland agreed to a minor-league deal with San Francisco on Friday, which includes an invitation to spring training, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Holland will likely have the opportunity to compete for a job in the starting rotation during spring training, although the 31-year-old did post an unsightly 6.20 ERA and 1.71 WHIP during 29 games (26 starts) with the White Sox last year. His FIP suggested that he should've given up even more runs, while a 2.1 HR/9 and 5.0 BB/9 did him no favors. It remains to be seen whether the Giants see him as a starter or maybe a middle-relief option, but either way he will add some more depth to the club's stable of arms. That said, if Holland is able to regain some of his past form and work his way into the rotation, he could be an interesting option given the pitcher-friendly park in San Francisco.
Holland was placed on unconditional release waivers by the White Sox on Tuesday. Holland, who was recently shifted to the bullpen after struggling as a starter, is expected to pass through waivers and become a free agent. He struggled to a 6.20 ERA and 104:75 K:BB through 135 innings this season.
Holland is expected to be used as a reliever for the remainder of the season, manager Rick Renteria acknowledged following Wednesday's start, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports. With Reynaldo Lopez (back) expected to be activated from the disabled list to start Friday against Tampa Bay, the White Sox will have six healthy starters. Renteria said he's unlikely to go with a six-man rotation, so someone has to go and Holland is the most likely. There remains the possibility that he could be traded prior to Thursday night's waiver-trade deadline, but Holland probably made his final start of the season Wednesday.
Holland (7-14) took another loss Wednesday, giving up five runs on eight hits and four walks in five innings against the Twins. Holland turned in a successful outing against these same Twins his last time out, but games like that have been the exception rather than the rule for him. The rule has mostly been disaster -- over his last five appearances, Holland has been annihilated to the tune of 23 runs in 16 innings with a 13:16 K:BB. In fact, he's been shockingly bad dating all the way back to the beginning of June, as Holland's last 18 games have seen him put up a 9.29 ERA and 2.09 WHIP while giving up 23 home runs in 73.2 innings. It's hard to imagine any fantasy format where he isn't a massive liability, and it's worth wondering how he's sticking in the major leagues even on a terrible White Sox team.
Holland (7-13) held the Twins to one run on three hits and four walks with five strikeouts over six innings to earn the win Thursday. Holland recovered well from a trio of terrible starts in which he had allowed a whopping 17 runs over just five combined innings. His one mistake was a solo home run from Byron Buxton in the sixth inning. Holland did walk four batters, but his game plan of nibbling around the strike zone paid off in the end. Still, Holland's ERA sits at a lofty 6.05.