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Red Sox trade Deven Marrero, which is a good thing for Brock Holt

Ryan Hannable
March 24, 2018 - 2:59 pm

Earlier on Saturday, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski hinted the organization may make a trade or two before the start of the season.

It didn't take long for that to happen, as the Red Sox made a trade Saturday afternoon.

The organization traded Deven Marrero to the Diamondbacks for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

“This is where I grew up. This is where I learned the game. It was a blessing to be a [member of the Red Sox], that’s for sure," Marrero told reporters in Fort Myers. "It’s something I’ll never forget. I’ll always be a Red Sock, that’s for sure. Start the next chapter of my life there in Arizona, in a place where it’s going to be familiar, Mike Hazen and Torey and all the guys there. It’s going to be fun, and I’m excited.”

Marrero was a first-round pick in 2012, but never really was able to make a big impact. Since Marrero is out of options, it would seem he will make the Arizona Opening Day roster.

“I’m excited," he said. "I don’t know what my role is going to be there, but when I get there, they’re going to let me know. And I’m just excited. I’m going to miss my boys here, that’s for sure. These are my brothers, and growing up with these guys, they’ve become my best friends. It’s going to be tough leaving them, but I’m excited to start the next chapter of my career.”

With the trade, this now likely means Brock Holt has made the team.

It seemed one of the final spots on the roster would come down to either Holt or Marrero, and now with Marrero gone, it seems very likely Holt will be on the roster when the Red Sox take on the Rays Thursday in Tampa.

Holt, 29, is hitting .345/.472/.920 this spring.