Brewers: Could Brock Holt be a free agent fit in Milwaukee?
The Milwaukee Brewers need men to add to their roster that’ll improve their offense and defense. With versatility, could former Red Sox Brock Holt be a potential athlete to consider adding to the Brewers’ roster?
He really is the jack of all trades when it comes to a man needed in the field. After calling Boston his home for 6 years, Red Sox utility player Brock Holt has elected free agency, and still is up for grabs. This doesn’t necessarily mean the Red Sox are out of the picture for teams that could take Holt up, but it just means that he could potentially be calling a new field home that isn’t Fenway Park.
Where would Holt fit with the Brewers?
Holt’s primary position for the 2019 season was second base, which is something he was very great at playing. But, the Brewers already have Keston Hiura at second with the possibility of Eric Sogard or Luis Urias switching around with Hiura at that position. The hole for third base still needs to be filled, and although that wasn’t Holt’s primary position, he does have experience playing third base. He could very well fit right into Milwaukee’s defensive lineup at the hot corner.
In just 288 chances, Brock Holt only made three errors and that was playing all over the field in the 2019 season. It’s not often that we see a player with that much flexibility in the Majors that is still up for grabs.
Holt is only projected to make around $8 million over the next two years per MLB Trade Rumors, he is easily someone GM David Stearns could sign to a one-year or two-year contract in Milwaukee.
What can Holt contribute on offense?
Holt isn’t someone that delivers a ton of power, though. With a career batting average of .271 and OBP of .340, he’s been able to surpass those numbers in the last two seasons and show improvement as the years go on.
In 2019, he posted .297/.369/.402 slash line with only three home runs due to missing a good chunk of the season due to injury and a scratched cornea.
The appeal for Holt isn’t around him offensively, but more so because of his defensive versatility. Being able to place a player in any defensive position in the lineup should instantly attract the attention of managers in the league.
Not only is Holt a great player defensively, but he is overall a great person to have in a clubhouse. He brings a positive attitude and influence to the members of the team and Red Sox fans surely loved him, so it wouldn’t be hard for him to capture the admiration of Milwaukee Brewers fans. It would be something for Stearns to consider when looking at who to acquire for the 2020 season. It’s never too late.