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Rumor Central: Would Cardinals have interest in Greg Holland?

Greg Holland could have plenty of options after saving 41 games for the Colorado Rockies this season. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The St. Louis Cardinals are expected to “pounce” on Greg Holland once the closer formally declines his player option and becomes a free agent, tweets Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Rumor CentralHolland has yet to make a public decision as to whether he will exercise the $15 million option and does not have to do so until after the World Series. The 31-year-old right-hander has enhanced his market value after recording a league-high 41 saves for the Colorado Rockies this season.

Should Holland seek free agency, he could be aiming for a contract similar to the four-year, $62 million deal Mark Melancon signed with the Giants, suggests Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post.

Holland would appear to be a logical fit for the Cardinals, who struggled to find a reliable closer in 2017 and are likely to consider several options this winter.

Earlier this month, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the Cardinals have already had discussions with Juan Nicasio, who was acquired in a September trade with the Phillies. Goold added the Cardinals also have interest in Japanese closer Yoshihisa Hirano.

- Doug Mittler