Texas Rangers players who won’t be back in 2022: INF Brock Holt
This was definitely tough for me to write, because Brock Holt was fun to watch at times this season.
We can’t forget about the times he pitched this season, or the occasional clutch moment he provided.
But if we’re being realistic, there doesn’t seem to be a spot for Holt on the 2022 Texas Rangers, especially now that we’ve caught glimpses of younger infielders like Yonny Hernandez and Andy Ibanez, while others like Blaine Crim are on the way. Oh yeah, and top prospect Josh Jung at third base is kind of a big deal!
The Rangers should be providing more opportunities for those players to carve out a niche at the big league level rather than to veterans like Holt.
And it’s not as if though Holt was much of a factor offensively in 2021, hitting to just a .579 OPS in 235 at-bats. I believe Texas can and should expect better production from its players in 2022 given how badly the offense struggled as a whole this past season.
It’s possible the Rangers do keep a veteran infielder on the bench for depth for 2022, though. But right now, I’d be more inclined to give that spot to Charlie Culberson, whose 2021 was better offensively (.676 OPS). It’s simply redundant to have both Holt and Culberson return in 2022 when they can basically serve the same purpose.