Utility-man Brock Holt signs with the Texas Rangers

Sep 20, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox right fielder Brock Holt (12) doubles during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 20, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox right fielder Brock Holt (12) doubles during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Texas Rangers are adding another bat to the third base competition in the form of utility-man extraordinaire Brock Holt.

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Texas Rangers and Brock Holt have reached an agreement on a minor league pact.

Not only does this make sense for the Rangers, but it is a homecoming for Holt.

Holt is a Ft. Worth native and attended Rice University, home of MLB great Lance Berkman.

As Rosenthal mentions, Holt is being brought into camp to further deepen the third base competition heading into spring training.

Brock Holt is coming home to join the Texas Rangers.

Holt will join Rougned Odor, Charlie Culberson, Sherten Apostel and top prospect Josh Jung in search for at-bats at the hot corner.

He was most often mentioned with Jake Lamb as possible external fits at third base.

The Texas Rangers are essentially getting Ben Zobrist 2.0 in Holt, as he has played every position except catcher over the course of his career.

The former top prospect made his debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates as a September call-up in 2012, and never looked back.

Since 2012, he has played in 615 games accruing 533 hits, while batting .270.

Holt finished eighth in the Rookie of the Year voting in 2014, and appeared in the All-Star game the following season.

His best season is not to far behind me, either.

In 2019, he hit a whopping .297 with three homers and 31 RBIs, while getting on-base at a .369 clip.

He will bring the defensive versatility that the Texas Rangers love, as well as bring another veteran presence into the clubhouse.

Assuming he makes the roster, Holt will more than likely slide back into a utility role around mid-season when Josh Jung makes his way to Arlington.

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Overall, Holt brings a quality approach and plate discipline to a swing-and-miss heavy lineup, as well as a championship background and another veteran presence to the young Texas Rangers clubhouse.

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