Hot Stove Rumor: Yankees inquire about Matt Holliday 14


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When Brian Cashman said the Yankees have called about everyone on the free agent market, he truly meant everyone.

And that includes left fielder Matt Holliday, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

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.


14 thoughts on “Hot Stove Rumor: Yankees inquire about Matt Holliday

  • Jerry

    I like the thought of it. Getting Holliday on board. But at the same time a gamble with health and production. Probably better off with one of the young guys, also a gamble, but with a lot more upside. Either that or sign a legitimate player like Encanarcion who's more likely to be healthy and very productive. I'd rather have Butler than Holliday, younger, healthier and most likely a lot cheaper.

  • Terry

    Hopefully this has a zero chance of happening. We already have too many OFs either at the ML level or knocking at the door. If you're not going to invest in a player that can help protect and take pressure off the young guys, then sign Beltran to a one year deal. Which would also be a mistake. We need a legit bat to take the pressure off these kids while they develop into good ML players. Holiday's not the answer, especially in NY. Settle this CBA and let's get real answers

      • Kevin

        Stingy Hal is at it again. Instead of trying to put the best possible team on the field, he prefers to look for "bargains" and hope it all works out. Money is not the problem. His unwillingness to use one of our greatest competitive advantages is. We desperately need a PROVEN power bat to stabilize the line up instead of mostly washed up guys like Beltran and Holliday. Hal knows that too but prefers to play the fans for suckers. he is willing to make improvements but not willing to make the obvious moves that could solidify our status as a real contender. Sign EE; sign Adrolis; trade gardner and a prospect for pitching; and let the kids fight it out for the rest of the spots this spring.

  • hotdog

    So what does a 37 year old DH cost these days…looks like the Yankees will focus on signing a DH to a one year deal…if so, Holliday isn’t a bad signing but I’d rather Beltran for a year…if they are trying to get below the luxury tax, they may have to scrap their way to 2018…timing might be everything here with the free agent market looking more robust in 2018…i just don’t know what’s up with the numbers or the goal of getting below the luxury tax…

  • Olie

    Am I the only one that notices the Yanks are sorely lacking in hitting from left side. Surely there must be someone out there to DH from the left side.
    How about bringing back Oscar Gamble!

    • Brooklyn Jimmy

      Yanks are sorely lacking in hitting from either side. As long as Hal Steinbrenner is in charge, they will be a mediocre team.

    • buckeyeballs

      agree they need power from the left, but the righty power is all Sanchez right now. Depends on Judge. If he can hit then a lefty would fit better. If not another righty is needed. Maybe Beltran is the answer since he bats both and could protect Sanchez for a year until we develop or sign a big bat next year. It's all very confusing to me because they are trying not to spend a lot but remain competitive. But one thing I do know is right now Sanchez stands to get pitched around an awful lot next year

  • Balt Yank

    I think Rob Refsnyder will outperform 240 BA / 330 OBA. He will at least have a 350 OBA. The Yankees need players on base because of Didi, Castro, Hicks, especially. I like Billy Butler better than this signing. I doubt the Yankees will sign this guy unless all other plans fall through.

  • Out of Town Dave

    A 1-year with Carlos Beltran as strictly a DH makes the most sense. If they don't trade Garner this winter, they'll be stuck with him. He'll be a backup if the kids are good.

    • hotdog

      he’d be a decent 4th outfielder if needed but he’s got 2 years left on his contract and he’s playing everyday in 2017 unless they want to plug Hicks and Judge into their regular lineup and I don’t see that happening…Clint Fraizer is probably a year away…i would not be surprised if they trade Judge but I feel that would be a mistake…he’s taken his time moving up but he’s starting to hit…just has to learn how to cut down on his K’s…he’s a raw talent with very good upside even though there’s worries about his ability to play everyday in the big leagues…

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