Boston signed Ryan Roberts to take over third base while Will Middlebrooks was on the DL. After 19 at-bats and a .105/.227/.105 line, they opted to promote Brock Holt to inject some life into a struggling lineup.
He did exactly that.
Riding a hot streak in Triple-A, he did more of the same upon arriving in the big leagues, hitting .348/.429/.435 in 23 at-bats.
He was reassigned to Pawtucket on April 24 with the activation of Middlebrooks.
As the season moves into the summer, Middlebrooks’ performance at the plate could dictate whether Holt remains with the organization or is dangled as trade bait prior to the deadline.
Coming off a lackluster 2013, Middlebrooks must prove he’s ready to be the long-term answer at third base. He had a strong spring and looked good in his first few regular-season games before getting sidelined with a calf strain.
Since being activated, he’s gone 3-for-11 with one home run and three RBI.
If he continues performing well, Holt’s path to the majors looks blocked, as his two main positions are third base and second base.
Earning some more big league time as the utility infielder could help build his trade value, especially if Jonathan Herrera is preferred for that role in the long term.
It’s possible none of these players are available as the trade deadline approaches. All it takes is one winning streak to get the Red Sox back on track and performing like last year.
If they don’t, looking to deal any of the previous players could bring value back to the organization for this season and possibly into the future.
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