Olt made his first appearance in Grapefruit League action Saturday, entering as a pinch-runner and playing first base. The Red Sox left no stone unturned when looking for insurance at third base in case Pablo Sandoval was not capable of returning to form. Olt joined a chorus of infielders that have experience at the hot corner. As it turns out, Sandoval has performed well and the talk of a potential platoon partner has been silenced. Olt, whose once-bright career stalled following a beaning during the 2012 offseason, has bounced from the Cubs to the White Sox to the Padres since 2014. He's expected to start 2017 in the minors, but without a sure thing backing up Sandoval at third base, the Red Sox could call on Olt at some point.
Olt signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox on Tuesday, according to a post on Olt's Instagram account. The Red Sox, who already grabbed Josh Rutledge in the Rule 5 draft, continue to bring in potential replacement options in the event Pablo Sandoval is not capable of handling full-time duty at third base. Olt has a career .168/.250/.330 slash line with a 37 percent strikeout rate in 400 big league plate appearances. He is a long shot to contribute in the majors this year.
Olt signed a minor league contract with San Diego that does not include an invitation to spring training, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Olt was released by the White Sox on Tuesday. He'll likely add depth at Triple-A with Yangervis Solarte set to begin the season as San Diego's starting third baseman.
Olt was released by the White Sox on Tuesday. Olt was designated for assignment earlier in the month to make room for Austin Jackson on the 40-man roster. It is possible the White Sox will consider re-signing the 27-year-old corner infielder, as Adam LaRoche announced just a few hours after the transaction that he will likely sit out the 2016 season for personal reasons.
Olt cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Charlotte on Monday, Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports. Olt was designated for assignment Sunday to make room for the recently-acquired Austin Jackson, so this move just finishes the process as he accepts the move to Triple-A rather than becoming a free agent. Now that he's in the minors, he'll slot in as the third baseman for the Triple-A club, acting as organizational depth at the hot corner.