The Brewers’ rumored signing of utility infielder/outfielder/everything Brock Holt is now official, after first being reported by Ken Rosenthal on Monday.
The team announced the addition this morning, along with the corresponding roster move that needed to happen to make room for Holt on the 40-man roster: reliever Taylor Williams is being DFAed.
INF/OF Brock Holt has been signed to a 1-year contract with a club option for 2021. pic.twitter.com/FoztwXOJco— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) February 19, 2020
RHP Taylor Williams has been designated for assignment. pic.twitter.com/mi1X6sboqJ— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) February 19, 2020
Williams was granted a fourth option over the winter, but it turns out that didn’t save his spot on the 40-man. Assuming he passes through waivers, he could always be re-added to the 40-man if needed and would still have that option year remaining. FIP says his higher ERA has been unlucky over the last couple years, but a lack of control has typically been his undoing despite potential back-end bullpen stuff.
Holt will turn 32 this year, bringing some more postseason experience to a roster that doesn’t much resemble the one the Brewers took to October last year. He’s a solid hitter with good on-base skills that can play just about anywhere.
Last year, he logged 39 innings at first base, 469.1 innings at second base, 22 innings at third base, 33 innings at shortstop, 23 innings in left field, and 55.2 innings in right field, providing average or near-average coverage at each spot.
Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs