Royals' Closer Greg Holland Could Have Contract Decided in Arbitration
KANSAS CITY - Since taking over as the senior vice president of baseball operations/general manager of the Royals in 2006, Dayton Moore has never had a player's contract decided by an arbitration hearing. That could change in the next couple of weeks.
The Royals' one arbitration hold out is closer Greg Holland. Holland, who recorded 47 saves last season, requested $5.2 million this season according to the Kansas City Star. Kansas City has offered the 28-year old a $4.1 million contract and if the two sides can't meet in the middle, the case will be decided by a three-person panel.
While arbitration hearings are being held through February 21, Holland has yet to have his arbitration hearing date set. Should they get to that point, the three-person panel will have to decide between Holland's $5.2 million request and the Royals' $4.1 million offer. They panel must pick one figure or the other.
Regardless of how the situation plays out, Royals pitchers and catchers are due to report to spring training in Surprise, Arizona next Friday.