Speculation about Matt Holliday will percolate right up until he actually signs with a team and so far – as is often the case with Scott Boras clients – the big-spending clubs like the Yankees and Red Sox have been linked to the outfielder. The Angels are in that category too, though GM Tony Reagins told the Los Angeles Times that the team’s “focus is not on” Holliday.
As for the Yankees, I know the the buzz will persist for as long as Holliday is available – and rightfully so, especially after the lay-in-the-weeds approach that Brian Cashman took with Mark Teixeira last winter. I just don’t see it going anywhere.
The team’s internal planning is still going on, but at this point it’s hard for me to imagine the Yankees doing yet another massive contract only one year after committing so much to CC/AJ/Tex. More importantly (because who are we kidding, they certainly could spend more money) I’m not nearly as sold on Holliday as I was on Teixeira. With Teixeira, I was convinced he was that kind of “special” player – with Holliday, I’ve yet to see enough to make me think that. If I were betting, I think the Yankees make more of an impact on the trade market than the free agent market this winter.
One thing I know for sure is this: The Yankees-are-talking-Holliday chatter isn’t going away anytime soon.