When Brian Cashman said the Yankees have called about everyone on the free agent market, he truly meant everyone.
Holliday finished the season with the St. Louis Cardinals where his average dipped from 2015. In 110 games, Holliday hit .246/.322/.461. However, his home run total was up from 2015, hitting 20 home runs and driving in 62 versus four homers and 35 RBI.
Holliday has experienced health issues in the past; he last played at least 150 games in 2014 where he hit .272/.370/.441. However, Holliday would be a powerful bat in the lineup at DH should the Yankees choose to go that route.
Also having Holliday would also give the Yankees an option at left field if the Yankees plan on giving Brett Gardner a day off here and there. The Yankees are already giving Aaron Hicks a chance to win a job in right field in Spring Training.
Holliday likely wouldn’t cost a lot of money, but the Yankees should be wary. While he fits everything the Yankees need, there’s no guarantee he’s going to stay healthy. And his health alone might result in the Yankees possibly looking elsewhere at the DH position. The team is reportedly considering a Carlos Beltran reunion or signing ex-Toronto Blue Jay Edwin Encarnacion at DH.