Washington Post writer Jesse Dougherty reported this afternoon that sources told him that the Washington Nationals were signing veteran infielder/outfielder Brock Holt, the 32-year-old former Pirate, Red Sock, and Brewer who was designated for assignment and released by Milwaukee earlier this week after putting up a .100/.222/.100 line in 16 games this year.
Before struggling at the start of the 2020 campaign, Holt put up a combined .271/.340/.374 line with 108 doubles, 16 triples, and 23 home runs in 639 games over eight seasons in the big leagues.
Holt signed a 1-year/$3.25M free agent deal with the Brewers this winter, which included a $5M club option for 2021 (or a $750,000 buyout), but MLBTradeRumors.com’s Steve Adams noted this week, Holt cleared waivers, and could be signed for, “... about $97K between now and season’s end.”
“That sum would be subtracted from the $430K the Brewers still owe him (in addition to the aforementioned option ($750K) buyout).”
Davey Martinez told reporters this afternoon that while it wasn’t officially official the veteran would join the club.
“We haven’t exactly made it official yet, but yeah, we do have to make a move,” Martinez said. “I’m going to sit down with [GM Mike Rizzo] here in a little bit and figure that out, but yeah, we acquired him. He’s a guy that I really liked over the years. We think he can help, he can play multiple positions, he can swing the bat, so he’s going to get a chance to play everywhere here.”
“I love those kind of players. I really do,” the manager added.
“If one day we have to give [Asdrúbal Cabrera] a break, or one day we have to give Howie [Kendrick] a break, he fits right in.
“He plays first, he plays third, he plays second, and he can play center, right field, left field.
“Here’s a guy that’s very versatile, and like I said, a left-handed hitter that we obviously need. I think we need another left-handed hitter.
“Puts the ball in play, does a lot of different things that are good. So, when these guys come available, they’re nice to have and they can fit everywhere.”