3 free agents the St Louis Cardinals should avoid post-lockout

Miranda Remaklus
Brad Hand #52 of the New York Mets in action against the New York Yankees during a game at Citi Field on September 12, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
Brad Hand #52 of the New York Mets in action against the New York Yankees during a game at Citi Field on September 12, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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CLEVELAND, OHIO – AUGUST 06: Derek Holland #49 of the Detroit Tigers pitches during a game between the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field on August 06, 2021 in Cleveland. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OHIO – AUGUST 06: Derek Holland #49 of the Detroit Tigers pitches during a game between the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field on August 06, 2021 in Cleveland. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images) /

Derek Holland

At one time, it would have been intriguing to see a reunion between Derek Holland and Cardinals pitching coach Mike Maddux.

The pair worked together during their time with the Texas Rangers. During the 2011 World Series, Holland was seemingly a constant recipient of the

claw

calming hand Maddux uses to get a sense of how his pitcher is feeling on the mound.

It would have been fun to see, but Holland’s effectiveness has dropped significantly.

The lefty spent the 2021 season with the Detroit Tigers. He uses a sinker, a four-seam fastball, a curveball, and a changeup. Holland’s sinker averages 93.1 mph with a vertical drop of 17.5-inches and an active spin of 99%. But his curveball averages 81.4 mph with a vertical drop of 37.7-inches and an active spin of 18%.

It will be interesting to see what happens for Holland once baseball activities resume post-lockout. He could easily get a minor league deal to work on his stuff. If he does receive a major league deal it would have to be short-term and incentive-based.

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