Yes, Holliday would make the Yankees better. Maybe a juggernaut, even.
But the only way the Yankees can fall into a habit of losing, someday, is by stockpiling too many players in their 30s with big long-term contracts. It’s incredibly difficult to place a value on flexibility, but that value is real and important and Brian Cashman’s awareness of that value is going to keep the Yankees on top for quite some time.
Now, the issue that we are discussing is not positional flexibility. The Yankees are not leaving left field open because they see a better player to fill that hole on the horizon. As Chris noted this morning, Holliday is likely a better player than Carl Crawford, and I do not see any superior left fielders becoming available in the next few years.… Click here to read the rest