Brock Holt is easily the most liked guy on this team and that’s saying a lot. It seemed like every day during spring training I was reading something about Holt raising the energy and goofing around while in Florida. He brings such a great mentality to the game that he has become the heart and soul of the team.
Brock is a guy that brings a high level of versatility as he can play damn near anywhere Alex Cora needs him to. A few weeks ago while Blake Swihart was still with the team he got a knock from a foul ball and Holt joked with Cora that he wouldn’t be his replacement.
Brock joined the Red Sox through a trade in the winter of 2012 and made his main roster debut in 2013. He would have some ups and downs during his tenure with the club as many do in this game but he always makes the best of his opportunities.
He would have his biggest career moment in the ALDS against the Yankees when he became the first player to ever hit for the cycle in a postseason game. Even better was that he did it in a 16-1 beating of the Bronx Bombers in Yankee Stadium. When asked about the cycle afterward all he could talk about was the team winning and had this childlike excitement to just be in that kind of scenario.
At just 30 years of age, I feel that Brock still has plenty to offer the Red Sox in the future. With his ability to not only play all over the field but to produce when it comes to the plate, he is a big asset to the organization. He can also steal bags once he gets on the base paths which makes him even more dangerous. I think a 4-year/$16M deal is fair as it gives him a pay raise and gives him stability for the next few years.