I Know You Want Brock Star Back, But Does It Make Sense?

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Brock Holt is still a free agent this offseason and it still appears he will not be with the Red Sox in 2020.  Holt has yet to sign with another big league club, and the longer it goes it makes me wonder if he’ll end up signing elsewhere on the cheap. 

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The Red Sox found out earlier in the week that second baseman Dustin Pedroia suffered what is being termed as a “significant setback”.  This setback is likely to limit his availability in Spring Training and it will presumably end his major league career. 

The club has some depth in the infield, specifically at second base.  Chaim Bloom signed infielder Jose Peraza in December, which basically nailed the coffin shut on Holt.  The team also has low cost options in Marco Hernandez, Jonathan Arauz, Tzu-Wei Lin and C.J. Chatham. 

If Red Sox Nation had its way, Holt would be back with the club.  If Holt comes back to the Red Sox it would be a PR win, especially in the light of the Alex Cora parting of ways and the alleged 2018 electronic sign stealing scandal. 

The Red Sox acquired Holt from the Pittsburgh Pirates on December 26, 2012.  Holt was traded to Boston with reliever Joel Hanrahan.  The Pirates acquired OF Jerry Sands, IF Ivan DeJesus, reliever Mark Melancon and pitching prospect Stolmy Pimentel. 

The fan favorite Holt is beloved by Red Sox fans for his work in the community.  Holt has served as the Red Sox Jimmy Fund Captain for the past five seasons.  Holt undertakes fundraiser efforts for the Jimmy Fund, for example he sold t-shirts last year to promote Childhood Cancer Awareness.  The shirts have sold over 1,500 to date for $12 apiece. 

Shop for officially licensed MLB T-shirts from Nike, Majestic and more at Shop.MLB.comFor his efforts in the community, Holt was nominated for the fourth time in the last five seasons for the Roberto Clemente Award.  The Roberto Clemente Award is given annually to the Major League Baseball player who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.”  The Red Sox Tim Wakefield and David Ortiz were back-to-back winners in 2010-2011. 

Should the Red Sox bring back Holt? 

I don’t think it’s a terrible idea to bring Holt back to the Red Sox.  From an off-field perspective it’s a no-brainer, but the team is being built for what these players can do on the field. 

Holt last season hit .297, had three home runs with 31 RBI in 87 games for the Red Sox.  He had a .369 OBP, .402 SLG % and .771 OPS.  In fact, all three of those stats are better than his career stats. 

One thing that should be said about Holt is these numbers need to be taken with a grain of salt.  Holt as a part-time player is a good fit for Boston.  As an everyday starter, Holt isn’t going to be a fit. 

The Red Sox could platoon Holt and Peraza at second base over the course of the season.  Both players can provide infield and outfield depth for the roster.  That flexibility will be attractive to whoever the next manager will be for the Sox. 

The uncertainty around the second base position is a real question, and Bloom and the future manager shouldn’t rest all their eggs in the basket of Peraza. 

The positive PR would help the club as well.  Holt would take the spotlight off Boston - at least in New England - for a short period of time. 

Holt has had some recent physical issues that have limited his time on the diamond.  He missed time in 2019 with an hamstring injury and missed time when his two-year-old son Grif scratched his dad’s right cornea.  While a freak injury, he missed time at the beginning of the season. 

Maybe Bloom has reservations on whether Holt can stay healthy and feels players within the system are closer to contributing to the Red Sox roster than Holt. 

The club has some competition for Holt.  The free agent has drawn interest from the Cincinnati Reds and division rival Toronto Blue Jays. 

If the Red Sox want to bring Holt back in a part-time role to platoon with Peraza and he’s cheap, I say make the move.  If Holt wants a multi-year commitment then we as fans need to move on and understand the team has done its due diligence in replacing Holt with Peraza. 

I’ve personally enjoyed the time Holt has spent with the Red Sox, and the videos with his son Grif are pretty amazing.  Holt is a player you just want to root for because he plays the game the right way and he is instrumental with the community. 

Whatever the future has in store for Holt, Red Sox Nation wishes you the best.  Bloom, bring back Brock Star. 

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