Carol Kaelson, Jeopardy Productions, Inc. via Associated Press
This file image made from video and provided by Jeopardy Productions, Inc. shows "Jeopardy!" contestant James Holzhauer on an episode that aired on April 17, 2019.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Boston Red Sox haven’t had an all-too-successful 2019 season. But “Jeopardy!” champ James Holzhauer might be in their future.

The Washington Post reports that two MLB teams — the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics, are interested in bringing Holzhauer to their teams.

Billy Beane, the A’s executive vice president of baseball operations, told the Post that signing Holzhauer seems like a no-brainer.

  • “My first thought when I saw him was: We have to get this guy in baseball,” he said.

Boston Red Sox president and chief executive officer Sam Kennedy told The Washington Postthat he would “absolutely” bring Holzhauer in, too.

  • “We put a huge premium on analytical abilities both on the baseball side and business side. Without question, when we interview young professionals coming out of college, that skill set is hugely important.”

Baltimore Orioles vice president and assistant general manager Sig Mejdal — a former biomathematician for NASA who helped the Houston Astros win a world series, according to Uproxx — said that Holzhauer is “very intriguing” and that he would “absolutely” fit into the baseball world.

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The Athletic reported earlier this month that Holzhauer, who has always dreamed of working in the MLB, might soon get his wish as at least one MLB team “some level of interest in his services.”

  • “Baseball was my goal from a young age, but gambling had significantly fewer barriers to entry,” Holzhauer told The Athletic, according to my report for the Deseret News. “When I discovered I could make real money by applying the same statistical techniques, I knew it was the life for me.”

Holzhauer appeared on the MLB Network on Tuesday, which I wrote about for the Deseret News.