Herrera beats out Holt for utility spot

Herrera beats out Holt for utility spot

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox solidified one spot on their depth chart on Thursday with the news that Jonathan Herrera beat out Brock Holt for the utility infield position.

The left-handed-hitting Holt was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket prior to the game against the Yankees, as was right-hander Rubby De La Rosa. Infielder Brandon Snyder was reassigned to Minor League camp.

Though Herrera, acquired from the Rockies for lefty Franklin Morales, was perceived as the favorite all along, manager John Farrell had said recently that Holt was very much in the mix for the spot.

What led to Herrera winning the job?

"Prioritizing shortstop play," said Farrell. "While Brock has made strides on the left side of the infield, particularly from the start of last year, we felt with the acquisition of Jonathan it was more middle of the field experience, and that's the choice made."

Herrera could wind up being like former Red Sox utility player Alex Cora in that he is someone who does all the little things right.

"You get a two- to three-game glimpse across the field, and then when you're in camp with someone for a month and a half, you get more of a sense of their instincts and how they react and respond to game situations," said Farrell. "Just the energy he brings, it's a good fit."

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.