Matt Holliday to Yankees on a 1-year deal

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The Yankees have filled the void created by the departure of Brian McCann by signing 36-year old Matt Holliday to a one-year deal earning him $13 million pending a physical. The veteran left-fielder was limited to 110 games in 2016 because of a thumb injury but had a slash line of .246/.322/.461 while still showing some power with 20 homers and 62 RBI’s. Despite being limited to 183 games over the past two seasons, the soon to be 37-year old veteran should benefit from being the full time DH for the Yankees.

Overall this might be a better decision than signing Edwin Encarnacion to a 4 or 5-year deal that would take him into his age 37 or 38 season for $25 million per year. There is a very good chance that by the end of the contract he could be ineffective like many other recent former Yankees. The Yankees are clearly on a youth movement and signing Edwin to contract like that would be doing the opposite. Great pick up by the Yanks.

 

 


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