Free-agent left-hander Derek Holland confirmed on Monday that the Pittsburgh Pirates have contacted his agent, Michael Martini, and baseball sources said that the San Diego Padres and New York Yankees have also shown some early interest.
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A first-time free agent, Holland said that he is learning about the process as he goes but won’t let a good thing slip away if it comes early in the process. Holland said that he wants to give the Texas Rangers a last crack at matching any potential offer he receives this off-season, but also said that he is expecting to play elsewhere for the first time in his career.
“It’s a new beginning, a fresh start,” said Holland, who made his MLB debut with the Rangers in 2009. “Use that as a new challenge. It’s all about having fun and representing a new team. We’ve got to keep our options open and see what happens.”
Holland’s charity, the 60 Feet 6 Foundation, played host to its annual charity golf tournament at Las Colinas Country Club. The foundation had met its goal — raising more money than the inaugural event — and the event gave a boost to Holland, an Ohio native who considers DFW to be his home.
The Rangers turned down they $11 million club option they held on Holland for 2017 last week.
“It took a toll one me,” Holland said. “For the way the off-season has gone, it’s definitely a big pick-me-up and it’s cool to see the people show up for a great cause and try to make a difference. That’s what it’s all about.”