FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The four names remain on the mind of Red Sox followers: Xander Bogaerts, Chris Sale, Rick Porcello and J.D. Martinez.
Each and every one of them will be eligible for free agency at season's end if no contract extensions get done.
But there is another. Brock Holt.
While it would have been a leap of faith to suggest Holt's free agency might be a talking point a year ago, having come off two injury-plagued seasons, the infielder had certainly established himself as a potentially valuable commodity for teams throughout Major League Baseball.
The 30-year-old got his career back on track in 2018, hitting .277 with a .774 OPS in 109 regular season games, while ultimately proving the Red Sox' best second base option throughout their postseason run.
"I feel like I did last year if I can continue to prove I’m that type of player … The two years prior to that I kind of throw away. I feel like I can help a team," Holt told WEEI.com Friday morning. "That’s what I try to do. I try and do what I can to help the team win. I’m just trying to keep building off the successes I had last year and hopefully, just continue to help this team. I feel like I can help any team and teams nowadays are looking for guys who can play different spots and have versatility. That helps me out."
Heading into his seventh season with the Red Sox after being traded over from Pittsburgh along with Joel Hanrahan, Holt has never gotten the opportunity to test free agency. But with the game valuing versatility more than ever, the idea that the Sox might want to prioritize the utilityman -- even with all of those foundation players still in limbo -- might not be a bad idea.
Holt, for one, is all for getting something done.
"I would love to play here forever. That’s what I want to do," he said. "If something like that comes up and we can work something out that would be the best-case scenario. But there are a lot of guys in here who are coming free here soon, so there are a lot of decisions to make. They’ll make the right ones. I’m glad we’re here all at the time, though."