The Marlins are in agreement with free-agent catcher Bryan Holaday on a minor league contract, reports ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick (on Twitter). The Lagardere Sports client will head to camp and compete for a backup job behind J.T. Realmuto.
Miami already has three candidates to back Realmuto up on the 40-man roster in Tomas Telis, Austin Nola and Chad Wallach, so Holaday may face an uphill battle in cracking the roster. That said, he’d be a nice veteran depth piece to have in Triple-A in the event of an injury to any of the names above him.
The 30-year-old Holaday spent every season but the 2016 campaign as a member of the Tigers organization. Holaday returned to Detroit after that one-year hiatus in 2017 and posted a very solid .269/.325/.450 slash with a dozen homers in 347 plate appearances for the Tigers’ Triple-A affiliate in Toledo. He also appeared in 13 big league games, though he took just 29 total plate appearances.
Holaday has seen action in parts of six big league seasons and is a career .244/.279/.343 hitter in that time. Defensively, he sports a roughly average 28 percent caught-stealing rate, though he’s improved considerably in that regard over the course of his career; his marks in recent seasons are well above the league average, though he does grade out as a somewhat below average pitch framer.