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Brock Holt takes his role of "utility man" to the max in Red Sox win over Orioles

Brock Holt takes his role of "utility man" to the max in Red Sox win over Orioles

Brock Holt has been the Red Sox utility man for a long time, but not quite to the extent that he was during Saturday's win over the Orioles. 

According to Justin Long and Elias Sports, Holt became the first Red Sox player to play second base, first base and shortstop in the same game. 

Holt started the game at second but moved to first base after Michael Chavis exited the game with back spasms in the fifth. Then, when the game was out of hand and Xander Bogaerts was subbed out of the game for Sam Travis, Holt moved over to shortstop so Travis could play first. 

Holt is used to playing about every position on the field and probably has more gloves than we could ever imagine. Every great team needs someone who can fill in for injured players like Holt, but once the team is at full strength he'll get to go back to his natural position at second base. Of course, it's likely he could split time with Chavis if and when Mitch Moreland makes his way back from injury. 

The eight-year veteran has battled with injuries of his own this season, only appearing in 40 games for the Red Sox. However, he's been productive when available, posting a .344/.390/.451 slash line in 122 at-bats. 

If the Red Sox are going to turn into the team they're capable of being, getting a steady diet of Brock Holt should go a long way towards them developing some consistency. 

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Report: Brian Bannister leaving Red Sox to join Giants

Report: Brian Bannister leaving Red Sox to join Giants

After five seasons in Boston, Brian Bannister is taking his talents elsewhere.

The former Red Sox vice president of pitching development will join the San Francisco Giants, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network.

Bannister was initially hired by the Red Sox as a scout in 2015. Later that year he was promoted to director of pitching analysis and development by then-Sox GM Dave Dombrowski.

In 2016, Bannister became Boston's assistant pitching coach and VP of pitching development. He was removed from the coaching staff but kept the latter title following the 2019 season.

Bannister spent five years as an MLB pitcher with the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals before pursuing a scouting/coaching career.

UPDATE (7:30 p.m. ET): Bannister confirmed his Boston exit Wednesday night in a pair of tweets thanking the Red Sox organization.

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Chaim Bloom: Red Sox 'exploring all options' with Mookie Betts

Chaim Bloom: Red Sox 'exploring all options' with Mookie Betts

Chaim Bloom continues to take the safe approach when it comes to conversations about Mookie Betts' future in Boston.

Bloom was asked on "NESN After Hours" about Betts' contract situation with the superstar right fielder set to become a free agent after the 2020 season. According to the Boston Red Sox chief baseball officer, who was hired in October, all options remain on the table.

“Well, I mean, you’re talking about, as you said, one of the great players in the game,” Bloom said. “We are thrilled to have him, and I know this organization prior to my arrival was happy to have him. Now we have to figure out how we go forward. I think where we are as an organization, we wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t explore all of our options. But we do that recognizing we have a very good team and one of the best players in the game and we’re going to handle the situation accordingly.”

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This kind of answer from Bloom is predictable, but it's telling that a possible trade involving the 2018 American League MVP hasn't been ruled out.

Boston has been adamant about its goal to cut payroll before the new campaign, and parting ways with Betts certainly would help accomplish that. If there's no indication Betts is willing to commit beyond 2020, trading him for a haul of prospects does make sense. Still, as Bloom acknowledges, Betts is one of the best players on the planet and the organization should aim to lock him up long-term.

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