Brock Holt will miss his sixth straight start tonight and Jason Mastrodonato of MassLive.com reports that he was sent to Pittsburgh to see a concussion specialist.
Holt left a game last Friday due to dizziness, but Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters this afternoon that they now believe that his symptoms could date back to a collision with teammate Dustin Pedroia from back on August 25. You can watch the play here.
“The only thing we cant race back is when he and Dustin collided in Toronto,” manager John Farrell said. “He didn’t complain of anything in the moment, the tests that are conducted on everyone after some impact was negative. he played regularly from that point.
“When he came out of the game in Boston (on Sept. 5), at the time we thought it was consistent with the illness, but the illness that he and his wife were dealing with, once that subsided some of the symptoms remained and we’re going to take every precaution necessary.”
With Brock’s status in question and Pedroia done for the year after wrist surgery, the Red Sox plan to use Mookie Betts as their regular second baseman the rest of the way. He’s still viewed as an outfielder for the long-term, but the Red Sox want to clear up a potential logjam in the outfield with Rusney Castillo expected to make his way to the majors soon.
Around this time last year, the ink was drying on Manny Machado‘s 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres and Bryce Harper was about to put the finishing touches on his 13-year, $330 million deal with the Phillies. We had gotten used to premier free agents hanging out in limbo until late February and even into March. This past offseason, however, was a return to normal. The top three free agents — Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon, and Stephen Strasburg — all signed in December. Once the big names are off the board, the lesser free agents subsequently tend to find homes. There were a handful of noteworthy signings in January, but pretty much everyone was off the board when February began.
There are a handful of free agents remaining as I write this, with one name really sticking out: Yasiel Puig. Last season, between the Reds and Indians, Puig hit .267/.327/.458 with 24 home runs, 84 RBI, 76 runs scored, and 19 stolen bases in 611 plate appearances. He was one of only seven players in the league last year to hit at least 24 home runs and swipe at least 19 bases. While Puig has had some problems over the years, he still possesses a rare blend of power and speed that would seem useful.
The Marlins, White Sox, and Rockies have been linked to Puig this offseason. His market has been otherwise quiet since he became a free agent. The Athletic’s Jim Bowden suggests Puig will have to settle for a “pillow contract” — a one-year deal with which Puig reestablishes his market value, aiming to pursue a multi-year deal the following offseason. Along with the aforementioned three teams, Bowden suggests the Mariners, Indians, Pirates, Giants, Red Sox, and Cardinals as other teams that could potentially fit with Puig, which is not to be confused with teams having expressed interest in his services.