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When the Red Sox acquired Joel Hanrahan, it was a little-known utility infielder that was part of that deal that quickly proved to be the highlight of that move.
Brock Holt was an infield prospect with the Pirates who had made his MLB debut in 2012 prior to being part of that deal.
In 2013, Holt made a minor impact on the eventual World Champion Red Sox team that season. However, it was the following season, that Holt began playing a bigger role, even bigger than he expected to be playing when he started at 6 different defensive positions including:
In 2015, he not only added to his defensive versatility by adding playing first base which he did 8 times, he also made his first All Star team.
— Marc Normandin (@Marc_Normandin) June 18, 2014
The past two seasons, however, have seen Holt battle numerous injuries including concussions and vertigo which have limited his time on the field 94 games in 2016 and 67 this past season.
Entering 2018, Holt may have a chance to make this roster if he proves he is healthy enough to replaced the injured Dustin Pedroia. The Red Sox value Holt’s versatility, earning a contract in 2018.
The primary challenge to Holt’s roster position is the younger and cheaper options already available in Boston.
Marco Hernandez, Deven Marrero, Tzu- Wei Lin, and Esteban Quiroz could replicate Holt’s productivity at a much cheaper cost.
If Holt proves he’s healthy, the Brockstar is likely to maintain his campaign in Boston; however do not be surprised if the Red Sox explore other internal options.