Holt signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers on Tuesday. Holt spent the entire 2016 season in the big leagues with Cincinnati, although he was outrighted upon the season's conclusion after batting .235 in his limited opportunities. Between this and the more established options the Dodgers have in place across the outfield, the 27-year-old seems to be destined for an organizational depth role.
Holt was outrighted to Triple-A Louisville on Monday. Holt made it through waivers unclaimed, and he'll now head into the offseason off the major league roster. The 27-year-old appeared in 106 contests this year, but he hit just .235 and didn't get a plate appearance over the final 11 games of the season, so it's unclear where his standing with the team will be going into spring training.
Holt went 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored and three RBI in Sunday's win over the Pirates. It was an impressive showing out of the leadoff spot for Holt, but it was also his first multi-hit game since early June. Even with Billy Hamilton (oblique) sidelined, Holt may need to string together a couple more solid performances before he begins seeing regular playing time.
Holt was bumped up to the leadoff spot Sunday with Zack Cozart (knee) scratched from the lineup, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports. Holt was originally set to man center field and hit eighth Sunday, but he will get a hefty boost up the batting order with Mozart no longer starting.
Holt has just eight hits in his last 53 at-bats. Holt's sluggish production has lowered his batting average to .219 on the season, with just seven RBI. Unless he begins to offer the Reds more upside at the plate, Holt will likely continue to see limited playing time as Billy Hamilton's backup.