SURPRISE, Ariz. —
This is the third season the four have been together in the Kansas City bullpen.
“We’ve got a good group of guys out there and kind of had for the last couple of years,” Holland said. “We’ve all continued to get better and more consistent. I think we all trust each other and more importantly I think the starting pitching trusts us, too, coming in with runners on and getting out of jams.”
Holland averaged 12.22 strikeouts per nine innings, which was second among AL pitchers who threw at least 60 innings last season. After Jonathan Broxton was traded on July 31 to Cincinnati, Holland took over as the closer and posted 16 saves in 18 opportunities.