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I know you want him, but…

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Dec 18, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Bob Nightengale is reporting the Yankees are not going after Matt Holliday, and the folks in St. Louis are growing restless waiting for an answer from the left fielder.

Brian Cashman signed Mark Teixeira last year because he wasn’t sure an impact bat would be available this year. Now he’s talking about a 2010 free agent class that’s “incredibly more impressive” than this year’s crop. He’s said all along that pitching is his priority, but he’s added only one arm this offseason.

Never count the Yankees out, but there seem to be signs that indicate a Holliday-to-the-Yankees deal is not in the works. If anything, the Yankees seem likely to tinker with the offense while saving most of their remaining offseason cash for a risk-reward starting pitcher.

Today’s Nick Johnson deal makes it unlikely Johnny Damon will return. That’s the consensus, anyway. The Yankees and Damon seem to have started the day far, far apart in negotations, and by the time that gap closed to being simply far apart, the Johnson deal was done.

Every team always wants as many toys as possible, but isn’t this lineup already the best in baseball, and a defensive upgrade from last season?

1. Jeter, SS
2. Johnson, DH
3. Teixeira, 1B
4. Rodriguez, 3B
5. Granderson, CF
6. Posada, C
7. Cano, 2B
8. Swisher, RF
9. Cabrera, LF

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