It’s no surprise the Yanks have a glut of OF/DH types. But to send Matsui (one year left on his contract) and Cano for Holliday just seems strange. I like Holliday an awful lot, even if his home/away splits are a bit daunting. He’s still a top OF and would be a nice youthful addition (he’ll be 29 on Opening Day). But the Yanks would then need to pounce on Orlando Hudson to fill the vacant 2B spot. Oh yeah, Holliday’s a Boras client with an expiring contract at season’s end. He’s got some good power, though just 25 HR last year after hitting the mid-30’s the two years prior and he certainly runs more than Matsui.
I like Matsui; he’s quiet, professional, and seemingly a good guy to have around. He might be DH’ing more than he wants but if he has to play LF, he’s capable. I understand the desire to thin the herd of OF types, maybe allowing some of the kids to get some PT.… Click here to read the rest