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MLB Rumors: Reds interested in signing Brock Holt

MLB Rumors: Reds interested in signing Brock Holt

Brock Holt still doesn't have a team, but he's garnering attention in free agency with spring training less than one month away.

The Cincinnati Reds are one of the teams interested in signing the former Boston Red Sox utilityman, according to Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

While Holt wouldn't be an everyday player, he'd be a valuable presence off the bench. The 31-year-old is a career .271 hitter and capable of playing virtually any position. In 2019, Holt played everywhere except pitcher, catcher, and center field.

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In addition to his versatility, Holt proved throughout his Red Sox tenure to be a fan favorite and beloved teammate. The 2015 All-Star undoubtedly would be a welcome addition to the Reds clubhouse.

Boston recently signed ex-Reds utilityman Jose Peraza, presumably Holt's replacement, to a one-year deal worth about $3 million.

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MLB rumors: Red Sox, free agent Jose Peraza agree to one-year contract

MLB rumors: Red Sox, free agent Jose Peraza agree to one-year contract

The Boston Red Sox bolstered their infield depth Thursday by agreeing to sign Jose Peraza to a one-year contract worth about $3 million plus incentives, per MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

Peraza made his Major League debut in 2015 with the Los Angeles Dodgers but spent the last four years with the Cincinnati Reds. He batted .239 with six home runs, 33 RBI and a .285 on-base percentage in 141 games during the 2019 season.

His best season came in 2018 when he batted .288 with 14 homers, 58 RBI and a .326 on-base percentage in 157 games for the Reds. All things considered, Peraza is a good buy-low candidate for the Red Sox, who also could help Boston replace Brock Holt if he departs in free agency.

The 25-year-old infielder brings plenty of positional versatility to the Red Sox. Peraza mostly played second base for Cincinnati this past season, but he also saw time at third base, left field and center field.

Peraza drew interest from at least four teams, per MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

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Red Sox potential relief target Garrett starts bench clearing brawl for Reds vs. Pirates

Red Sox potential relief target Garrett starts bench clearing brawl for Reds vs. Pirates

Reds reliever Amir Garrett is having a breakout season and is one of the top middle relievers that NBC Sports Boston Red Sox Insider John Tomase has as a Red Sox trade target.

If he is dealt before Wednesday's 4 p.m. trade deadline, or even if he stays in Cincinnati, Garrett is likely going to be dealing with an MLB-imposed suspension for his role in a wild, bench-clearing brawl between the Reds and Pirates on Tuesday night in Cincinnati.

It began during a ninth-inning mound visit with the Reds trailing 11-3 when Garrett, who had allowed a home run to Jose Osuna, apparently took exception to something said from the Pirates dugout. He charged at the Pirates bench, throwing punches and the brawl ensued. Garrett was ejected along with Yasiel Puig of the Reds, who had been traded earlier to the Cleveland Indians. So, the fight turned out to be Puig's last act with Cincinnati. Could it be Garrett's, too?

Here's how Tomase described the left-hander, who is 4-1 with a 2.21 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 40 2/3 innings pitched this season:

He's also got some Dennis Eckersley in him when it comes to post-strikeout celebrations, and who doesn't love a little personality? With four more years of team control, he won't come cheap, but he might be the best middle man on the market.

Just the thing to fire up the Red Sox' moribund relief corps?

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