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Yankees Ink Matt Holliday to One-Year, $13 Million Contract

The New York Yankees and free agent outfielder Matt Holliday have agreed to a one-year, $13 million contract, according to WFAN’s Sweeny Murti.

Holliday is expected to serve mainly as the Yankees designated hitter, as his outfielding skills have declined largely in-part because of his age. Holliday could also see sometime at first base alongside Greg Bird.

Tyler Austin is another one of the Yankees young players that can play first, and the power-hitting Aaron Judge can be the team’s right fielder or designated hitter.

Holliday spent the last eight seasons of his career with the St. Louis Cardinals. In 2016, he batted .246/.322/.461 with 20 homers and 62 RBIs in 426 plate appearances for the Birds.

The 36-year-old Holliday, who will turn 37 next month, became a free agent earlier this winter after the Cardinals declined the $17 million club option they had on him.

Matt Holliday has agreed to head to the Bronx (Associated Press)
Matt Holliday has agreed to head to the Bronx
(Associated Press)

New York has been previously named to bigger free agents than Holliday, but them signing Holliday only for a year gives them more leverage in free agency to chase a bigger bat in a better free agent class than this particular one.

The Yankees will now go into the Winter Meetings looking to beef up their bullpen. They still have Dellin Betances, but need to make up for the losses of Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller. They have been linked to a possible reunion with Chapman, but his interest remains very high.

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