Defensively veteran spare part Brock Holt is more advanced than Nunez, but still is a significant downgrade from Kinsler and Lin. For his career at second Holt can best be described as average with a career -2.6 UZR/150. Like Nunez, the lefty-hitting Holt can move around defensively and like Nunez will not lead to a series of “wow’s” over defensive plays.
Holt is a trusty hitter who can stretch his at-bats and occasionally give some respectable punch. Just a few years ago Holt was an All-Star before some serious injuries put his career in jeopardy. The issue with Holt is like Nunez and that is after everyday play for an extended period the weaknesses – especially defense – surface.
Holt will also be getting a slight boost in salary this offseason so a payroll hit in the vicinity of $3 MM is potentially at hand. I would expect Holt to be in the role he has always been in during his Red Sox career and that is a Swiss Knife of the roster.