The Rangers have informed utilityman Brock Holt he’ll break camp with the team, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News was among those to report. He has been in camp as a non-roster invitee, so the club will need to officially select his contract to the 40-man roster. Holt had the ability to opt out of that deal if not added to the roster this week, Grant notes. Texas has an open 40-man spot after passing right-hander Joe Gatto through outright waivers yesterday.
Holt, 32, was a valuable utility piece for the Red Sox between 2013-19, even earning a trip to the All-Star game in 2015. He stumbled to a miserable .211/.283/.274 line between the Brewers and Nationals in 2020, though, forcing him to settle for a non-roster deal this winter. Between a productive few weeks in Spring Training and the Rangers’ uncertain third base situation (where Rougned Odor appears the favorite for playing time), Holt will get another opportunity in Arlington. By making the club, he’ll lock in a $1.75MM base salary.
Among the others who’ll be on the season-opening roster (via Grant and Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram): Dane Dunning, Taylor Hearn, Wes Benjamin and Jonah Heim. None of that group is particularly surprising. Hearn and Benjamin played important roles in last year’s bullpen, while Dunning and Heim were acquired in offseason trades. All four are already on Texas’ 40-man roster.
Fellow offseason acquisition Khris Davis won’t be ready for the start of the season. He suffered a Grade 2 strain of his left quadriceps and will be out three to four weeks, per Wilson. Presumably, he’ll start the year on the 10-day injured list.
THE BROCK-STAH LIVES!!!!!
Was there really a doubt? Brock had to scrap his way onto the Sox years ago and had to fight for roster space most years. He’s simply one to never bet against. I see him being traded to a contender in late July as his versatility will remain his strongest attribute.
Gotta agree with that. Wouldn’t mind seeing it either.
Not surprising with the Davis injury. He’ll be a fine backup to Odor.
Crossing my fingers this is the year Taylor Hearn breaks out
When it is official, the fan club will travel.
Brock *** rolls! Congrats!
yes, but what about Jason Martin?
He didn’t make it unfortunately. I think he’ll get a call up this year. I think they went with Adolis in the mean time while Davis on the IL. He’s someone they haven’t said yet. Could also be Ibanez.
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Who is Ann Yong?
Good for Holt
Fart & Fall Down
Not hard to make this squad.
Stay healthy and he’ll get time behind Odor.
Does anyone want to be behind odor? I try to stay in front of it.
LOL!!! That’s what I was thinking. Doesn’t take much to back up Odor. They should just let him start
The Brockstar will always be in our heart! I hope he and his beautiful family enjoy their time with the Rangers. Here’s hoping the fans will embrace him and give him the love he deserves!
He needs to be given more opportunities. The only reason he struggles is from lack of chances to play. Wish he was still on the Sox.
Congrats to Brock Holt! He served the Red Sox well and was great in the Boston community.