Holt optioned; final roster spot down to three

Adams, Martinez and Aguilar remain in the mix

Holt optioned; final roster spot down to three

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Indians moved closer to completing their Opening Day roster on Monday, as the club optioned outfielder Tyler Holt to Triple-A Columbus and informed outfielder/first baseman Jerry Sands that he would not make the club.

The competition for the final roster spot is down to right-hander Austin Adams, non-roster infielder Michael Martinez and first baseman Jesus Aguilar, said Indians manager Terry Francona.

There's a case to be made for each of the three remaining candidates. Aguilar provides a solid bat, Martinez brings speed and versatility and Adams adds another arm to the bullpen.

"We just don't know yet which way makes the most sense," Francona said.

The Indians have six Cactus League games remaining before breaking camp and heading to Houston for Opening Day on April 6.

Sands homers over batter's eye

While Holt and Sands are out of the mix for Opening Day, they could still impact the Indians at some point in the regular season. Francona would like Sands to get regular at-bats with Columbus.

"I think that he can be a guy that when he's hot, he can be kind of a force, and not just in Triple-A," the manager said.

Holt, meanwhile, is in a similar situation.

"Just continue to do what he does and he's right back in that mix for us at some point," Francona said. "I don't know what his future is, but I think we all see him helping us win some games."

The Indians also released left-hander Scott Downs from his Minor League contract in order to allow him to pursue an opportunity with another Major League club.

Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.