The Red Sox made their first Rule 5 selection since 2016 which may signal the end of a familiar face in Boston.

Chaim Bloom made one of his first acquisitions during the Rule 5 draft on Thursday afternoon, but it was of far less magnitude than many Red Sox fans would hope. The Sox selected Jonathan Arauz from the Houston Astros organization. A utility infielder, Arauz has not played above the Double A level; however he’s considered a “high upside” player that the club could end up stashing within the organization.

Per Chris Cotillo of MassLive, Red Sox VP of pro scouting Gus Quattlebaum said that the club is “excited to give him the opportunity to compete for a utility infield position.”


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CC’s Take:

It’s interesting to note the position that the Red Sox indicated Arauz would be competing for…utilityman. Sound familiar? It should due to that role belonging to Brock Holt for the last six seasons; however it appears that a changing of the guard may be in order. As Holt has hit the free agent market, it’s becoming increasingly likely that the Sox will look to their youth to fill the hole.

C.J. Chatham, Bobby Dalbec, and Tzu-Wei Lin are the most likely candidates to compete for a role with the newly acquired Arauz. As always, it doesn’t necessarily mean that Holt is gone, but rather that the Red Sox are preparing in case it comes to fruition.

It would have been nice to see the Red Sox add young pitching depth, but the reality is that the top tiered talent was gone by the time their selection rolled around. For now, Chaim Bloom and the organization will continue to take calculated looks around the league, but it’s becoming increasingly likely that Brock Holt will be suiting up for another organization in 2020.

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