Holt agreed to a one-year, $3.575 million deal with the Red Sox, avoiding arbitration, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports. This is his final year under team control before hitting the open market. Holt is expected to reprise his utility role, likely spelling Dustin Pedroia at the keystone several times a month, at minimum.
Holt had a career day in Monday's win over the Yankees. He went 4-for-6 with a homer, five RBI and three runs scored. It was the first postseason cycle in MLB history, and the second cycle of Holt's career. After Holt's historic performance, the Red Sox will have a chance to close out the Yankees in Game 4.
Holt is swinging a hotter bat than Ian Kinsler and could move into the starting lineup at second base, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports. Holt was in the starting lineup Monday while Kinsler sat for the third time in five games. He has an eight-game hitting streak (10-for-22, .455) while Kinsler is hitless in his last 17 at-bats. "The way Brock is swinging the bat, he's a guy that we count on," manager Alex Cora said. "He's playing [Monday]. We'll throw our best lineup on a nightly basis in the playoffs. Whoever we feel can do the job that night."
Holt is out of the lineup Sunday against the Indians, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. Holt had started each of the Red Sox's previous three games, all at different positions. The utility man should have a decent path to steady playing time over the final week of the season with the playoff-bound Red Sox likely to rest a couple of their regulars in each game, making him someone who might be worth a look in AL-only or deeper mixed leagues. Holt has recorded a hit in each of Boston's last seven contests, going 9-for-19 with a pair of home runs and five RBI over that stretch.
Holt went 1-for-4 with a walk and solo home run Thursday against the Yankees. Holt took Masahiro Tanaka deep in the the third inning for his sixth home run of the season. He's gotten more regular at-bats in the absence of Eduardo Nunez, and now has three home runs in his eight games. Though that's not the strength of his game, Holt has batted second and fifth respectively in two of his starts this week. That puts him in a good position to rack up counting stats as a member of the Red Sox strong lineup.