While the news surely was sad and might have come as a bit of a shock to the 32-year-old, Holland shows his gratitude Monday with a lengthy post on Instagram.
It's crazy that i just got put on waivers but it's a business and i guess i was not performing well enough lately and i respect the decision that was made. But i must say i truly am… https://t.co/O2ow98UJvr— Derek Holland (@Dutch_Oven45) July 22, 2019
Holland said it was an "honor" to play for manager Bruce Bochy and wished his teammates nothing but the best. He thanked his coaches, teammates, trainers and fans.
When the Giants signed Holland before the 2018 season, he defied expectations. The season before being signed by San Francisco, he went 7-14 with a 6.20 ERA. In his first year with the Giants, Holland posted a 3.57 ERA over 171 innings pitched.
The Giants re-signed Holland this offseason to a one-year, $7 million deal with a 2020 team option. But the results weren't the same. Not even close.
Holland criticized the Giants went he was demoted to the bullpen this season and was 2-4 with a 5.90 ERA this year when he was DFA'd.
Now that he's free to sign with any club, don't expect Holland to last too long on the open market.