​The Cardinals made a late season push for the playoffs, but ultimately came up short.


A huge reason for their struggles (if you ignore this "Cardinal Way" nonsense) was the back of their bullpen. They struggled to close out games, with Trevor Rosenthal ultimately succumbing to an elbow injury and Seung Hwan Oh struggling in comparison to his rookie year.


This offseason, finding a closer will be a top priority, and it turns out the Cards already have a top target. Once Greg Holland declined his player option Thursday, the Cardinals were all in, according to Bob Nightengale.

​​Let there be no doubt: Holland had a great comeback season with the Rockies. He had 41 saves, 3.61 ERA, and 70 strikeouts in 57.1 innings. He struggled in the second half, but the 31-year-old (younger than you thought, right?) missed the entire 2016 season, and can't have been expected to be at full strength by season's end.


It is very likely he felt fatigued, and adding Coors Field to the equation didn't help anyone here. Even with his late season struggles, he will still receive a big deal. The Cardinals could be a perfect landing spot for him to permanently shutter things in the ninth.