Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals are expected to sign reliever Brad Boxberger to a minor league contract.
Boxberger, 31, was released by the Royals last week after posting a 5.40 ERA with a 27/17 K/BB ratio in 26 2/3 innings in the first three months of the season. It marked a second subpar season, as he finished with a 4.39 ERA as the Diamondbacks’ closer last year.
Boxberger was an All-Star and led the AL in saves with 41 in 2015. The Nationals, with baseball’s second-worst bullpen ERA at 6.08, will hope Boxberger can turn things around and help bridge the gap to closer Sean Doolittle.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Brewers have signed infielder Brock Holt. Contract details are not yet known.
Holt, 31, spent most of the last six years as a part-time player with the Red Sox, playing a little bit of a lot of positions. Last year, he hit .297/.369/.402 with 19 extra-base hits, 31 RBI, and 38 runs scored in 295 plate appearances. He spent a majority of his time at second base but also logged time at first base, shortstop, third base, and both corner outfield spots.
It will be interesting to see how the Brewers deploy Holt. His best chances at playing time would figure to be at third base and shortstop.