Holaday signed a minor-league deal with the Orioles on Monday, Craig Mish of FNTSY Sports Radio reports. The 32-year-old has played parts of eight seasons in the big leagues but has never appeared in more than 62 games. In 43 contests for the Marlins last season, he hit .278/.344/.435.
Holaday was outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans on Friday and then elected free agency, Andre Fernandez of The Athletic reports. Holaday finished the 2019 campaign with a .278/.344/.435 with four homers and 12 RBI over 43 contests. He'll aim to latch on elsewhere, where he'll likely slot into a backup role if he even makes the big-league roster.
Holaday went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, a double, two runs scored, two RBI and a walk in the Marlins' 12-6 victory over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday. The veteran backstop popped his fourth long ball of the season in this contest, touching up Taylor Clarke with an eight-inning solo blast as part of a three-hit game. Holaday only has 108 at-bats this season, so he hasn't been featured nearly enough to move the fantasy needle, but he has done well with his opportunities, posting a solid .296/.364/.463 slash line.
Holaday went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run in the second game of Monday's doubleheader against the Mets. Jorge Alfaro's backup has appeared in only 24 games this season, but Holaday has taken advantage of his chances with a .301/.378/.466 slash line that includes a career-high three homers in only 83 plate appearances. The 31-year-old has actually started five of the last nine contests as manager Don Mattingly tries to capitalize on his hot bat, but Holaday's career .624 OPS suggests it will cool off soon enough.
Holaday will start at catcher and bat seventh Sunday against the Diamondbacks, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports. Since Jorge Alfaro returned from the injured list in late June, Holaday has predictably collected dust as the Marlins' clear No. 2 catcher. Holaday will be making just his fourth start since the All-Star break in what amounts to a routine day off for Alfaro.