The Blue Jays just announced a bunch of minor-league signings the other day, but it seems they might not be finished just yet. According to Chris Cotillo of MassLive, the Jays have shown interest in free-agent utility guy Brock Holt.
Hearing Blue Jays have shown interest in Brock Holt, who is still a free agent. @nightengalejr said Reds were involved as well.
Unlikely there's still a spot in Boston for Holt with Peraza in the fold.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) January 22, 2020
The Jays, as we know, love the idea of positional versatility. The front office likes acquiring players that play more than one position and we saw Charlie Montoyo, a graduate of the school of Tama Bay Rays ball, throw players all around the field. So with that in mind, it isn’t all too surprising the Jays would be interested in Holt, who played every position other than pitcher and catcher over his career.
Most of Holt’s value as a player comes from the fact he can be a plug-and-play guy pretty much wherever on the diamond, which is a nice thing to have on your bench. He isn’t a spectacular hitter, but his .297/.369/.402 slash line last season over 295 plate appearances last year is far from terrible.
I mean, he’s probably an upgrade on Brandon Drury at this point. But how much are you willing to invest in a light-ish hitting utility guy on the wrong side of 30? These are generally the types of players you try to develop internally.