“And they know that we have the ability to rotate a guy like cheap Brock Holt jersey through many different positions to give guys a breather,” Farrell said last week.
In many ways, Holt is like the glue that holds the roster together. He’s the back up shortstop for cheap Xander Bogaerts jersey (Ramirez is not expected to play any infield), the back up second baseman to Pedroia and the back up third baseman for cheap Pablo Sandoval jersey. And he can rotate around the outfield if he’s ever needed there.
Maybe you’re thinking that Holt could be an every day player on another team, that he is considered well above average defensively at second base and at least good enough to play six other positions. The Anaheim Angels jerseys reportedly had interest in trading for him and they just swapped their second baseman, cheap Howie Kendrick jersey, to the Los Angeles Dodgers jerseys. The Oakland A’s were a team that might’ve wanted Holt, too, but they let go of cheap Jeff Samardzija jersey to acquire infielder cheap Marcus Semien jersey from the Chicago White Sox jerseys.
In its simplest form, the value of a player who is a back up on one team should be higher to another team who sees him as a starter. But the Red Sox jerseys don’t necessarily feel that away about Holt, who they acquired two years ago from the Pittsburgh Pirates jerseys and had a breakout year in 2014, hitting .281 with a .711 OPS and playing seven positions. They believe he’s too valuable.
“We look back on 2014 and one of the real strong stories of last year was Brock’s emergence, his versatility,” Farrell said last week.
Red Sox jerseys general manager Ben Cherington said during the Winter Meetings in San Diego that the value of utility players in the modern game is reaching new heights.
“We think Holt, (Daniel) Nava and (Allen) Craig have a ton of value to the team because of their ability to play multiple positions,” Cherington said. “And when they right, produce offensively. In today game, when offense is down and when you trying to maximize your chance of scoring runs but deal with the length of the season and the fatigue that comes along with the season, the ability to give an everyday type of player a day off and not lose a lot offensively is huge. So we feel like we have some guys that give us a chance to do that and that really valuable, we think, for us.”
The Red Sox jerseys aren’t the only team expected to have a premier player at the utility position. The Tampa Bay Rays jerseys have been using cheap Ben Zobrist jersey all around the diamond since 2008. He’s been in the top 20 in MVP voting three times since then.
“In the All mlb jerseys from china Star Game a couple of years ago in 2009, I thought a super utility player, a utility player, it’s a valuable position,” said Chicago Cubs jerseys manager Joe Maddon. “A guy like Zobrist, you would play him every night. You could play them almost seven days a week or six days a week, and while you’re doing that, you’re giving other guys days off.”
Statistically, Holt was worth 2.3 wins above replacement last year while playing in just 106 games (and many of them after suffering a concussion that ultimately ended his season, though he’s since been cleared and deemed 100 percent healthy). But he could be worth even more to the Red Sox jerseys, considering they don’t have to carry another back up shortstop, second baseman or third basemen when he’s on the roster. He’s also cost effective; Holt won’t reach arbitration until 2017.
“There are guys that even if they not truly everyday players or it not clear they going to be true everyday players, they fit so well on the team that sometimes you value them more than another team would, or value them more than the industry would,” Cherington said at the Winter Meetings. “So you end up keeping them as a result. And we may have a couple guys like that.
“But it could work both ways. We had other situations where a guy might make more sense for another team and then they value them, so it can work both ways.”