Derek Holland and Keone Kela Elect Free Agency

With the World Series over, free agency kicked in today for 147 players around baseball. The Pittsburgh Pirates have just two players on that list, pitchers Derek Holland and Keone Kela. These players can only negotiate with their latest team for the next five days before all 30 teams can negotiate with the players, meaning that the Pirates can only have talks with Kela and Holland before next Monday.

Holland signed as a free agent this past winter and split his time between starting and relief in 2020. The 34-year-old lefty had a 6.86 ERA/6.14 FIP, a 1.40 WHIP and 45:15 SO/BB ratio in 40.2 innings.

Kela made just three appearances, starting late due to a positive COVID-19 result, then missing the end of the season with forearm tightness. In his 2+ seasons in Pittsburgh, he had a 2.49 ERA in 47 innings over 51 appearances, with a 1.04 WHIP and 58 strikeouts.

We will have an off-season primer article with more info coming up on the roster decisions that need to be made by the Pirates.