5 Utility players the Phillies should sign after lockout

Sep 28, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers third baseman Brock Holt (16) throws to first base during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 28, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers third baseman Brock Holt (16) throws to first base during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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Which free-agent utility players can the Phillies sign to round out their roster in 2022?

The Philadelphia Phillies have a lot of needs, and not a lot of money under the luxury tax threshold to solve their many problems.

Alec Bohm, the 2020 NL Rookie of the Year runner-up, had a rough sophomore slump, Didi Gregorius had one of the worst seasons of his career, and Rhys Hoskins’ season was marred by injuries that limited him to 107 games. Even Jean Segura, who had a fine season offensively, only played 131 games.

More often than not, the Phillies were plugging holes as more leaks sprung up.

The solution? Utility players who can fill as many roles as possible.

Here are five current free agents able to do the most…

The Phillies could sign free agent Brock Holt

Brock Holt has struggled over the last two seasons, but before that, he was a staple in the Red Sox lineup and defensive battery. Over seven seasons in Boston, he hit a very respectable .270/.340/.374 with a .715 OPS, was an All-Star in 2015, and won a World Series ring in 2018.

Holt is the ultimate utility man; in fact, the only position he’s never played is catcher. Over 10 big-league seasons, he’s played at least 40 games at every infield spot, and 195 games in the outfield between the three positions. He’s also DH-ed, pinch-hit, and pinch-ran, and even pitched in three games.

He’s also the only player in MLB history to hit for the cycle in a postseason game, so you know he’s got a clutch factor.

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