Cards Get Holland; Rockies Get Bonus in Draft
The Rockies benefited from the departure of Greg Holland as a free agent, after all, and not just because they signed Wade Davis.
The Rockies made an initial bid of a three-year, $45 million contract in an effort to regain closer Holland. When agent Scott Boras dismissed the offer, the Rockies quickly switched gears and instead signed free-agent Davis to a three-year, $52 million deal, which gives Davis the largest annual average value ($17.3 million) ever for a relief pitcher.
And now the Rockies get a bonus.
In addition to signing Davis, they also are going to be wind up with the 76th selection in the amateur draft as compensation for Holland reportedly signing with the St. Louis Cardinals. The Rockies made the $17.4 million qualifying offer to Holland, one of nine free agents who received and rejected the offers from clubs.
As a result they receive a draft choice as compensation for the Cardinals signing Holland, which won't be announced until Holland passes a physical.
As a result the Rockies will have three of the first 76 selections in the June draft, and four of the first 96.
They will pick 22nd, 42nd, 76th and 96th.
Only four teams have more than four picks in the first four rounds of the draft: Tampa and Kansas City have six apiece, and the Cubs and Indians five.