The Yankees have signed OF Matt Holliday to a one-year deal, the team announced Wednesday.
The deal is worth $13 million, according to multiple reports.
"I feel really good about being able to play the outfield and some first base, and obviously to get a chance to DH, it helps to stay healthy and to be able to feel fresh and have your best swing over a long season," Holliday told Mark Feinsand of the Daily News.
When Carlos Beltran signed with Houston, the Yankees turned to Holliday, whose option was declined by the Cardinals after last season. Holliday spent the last eight years with the Cardinals, and hit .246/.322/.461 with 20 HR and 62 RBI in 110 games at first base and left field last season.
The 13-year veteran last played in the American League in 2009 with Oakland.
The Yankees made the right choice considering who was left on the market from the right side of the plate and they are committed to Holliday for just one season. I have been saying all along that the team needed a left-handed power bat, but Holliday can hit both lefties and righties (career .897 OPS versus pitchers from each side). The offseason is young so it is possible the Yankees will search for some left-handed power elsewhere, or they simply do not think it is that big of a deal.
Holliday has had his share of injuries, but I figure he will be used very little (if at all) in the field, which should aid his health. He can be used in a pinch in the outfield and at first base, but his real value will be in the middle of the Yankees' lineup on a daily basis.
In my view, the best part of this deal is that the Yankees did not go after the big ticket players on the market despite being linked to Yoenis Cespedes before he signed with the Mets and Edwin Encarnacion of late. The Yankees are not going to be in a position to make a serious run at the World Series in 2017, or maybe even 2018, so signing Encarnacion made little sense to me when he'll likely be in decline when they might be ready to make a serious run in 2019.