Holt, 32, established himself as a versatile jack of all trades in parts of seven seasons with the Red Sox — particularly in the two-year lead up to his first foray into free agency. In 662 plate appearances from 2018-19, Holt posted a combined .286/.366/.407 batting line with 10 homers, 32 doubles, four triples and eight steals. Along the way, he saw time at all four infield positions and in both outfield corners, with defensive metrics casting an especially favorable light on his work at second base — his primary position in Boston.
Despite a strong two-year platform, however, Holt was met with a rather tepid market in free agency. He lingered in limbo until signing a late, one-year deal with Milwaukee that promised him $3.25MM in the form of a $2.5MM salary and a $750K buyout on a $5MM option for the 2021 season.
Holt’s time in Milwaukee could scarcely have gone worse. He appeared in 16 games and took 36 plate appearances with only a .100/.222/.100 batting line to show for it (3-for-30 with four walks, a sacrifice and one hit-by-pitch). He was deployed only in the outfield corners and at third base during his brief stint as a Brewer.
Assuming he’s already cleared release waivers, Holt will now be a free agent who is eligible to sign with any club for the prorated league minimum — 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 buyout). While the Brewers clearly didn’t find a trade partner in the early stages of Holt’s DFA limbo period, he could certainly draw interest as a bench piece on a contending club now that he can be had for a relatively minimal sum.