Hot Stove 2010: Yankees out on big names?


via MLBTradeRumors.com, Buster Olney tweets that that the Yankees are cutting payroll (!) for 2010. They may have a s little as $10-15M to play with this offseason, and they need a starter, with Andy Pettite a free agent. If that’s the situation, I think we may have a clearer path to signing Matt Holliday, our other offseason position of need.

The Cardinals offered arbitration to Holliday, signaling that they may not be able to keep him; they’re hesitant to commit that much money to him and Pujols. The Mets have at least postured that they don’t have the money for a big signing, and the Angels may have to trade Gary Matthews Jr. if they want to spend this offseason (good luck with that, BTW). It looks like all the bidders are falling by the wayside, and we may not have to pay as much as was predicted. Maybe. Holliday is represented by Scott Boras, after all.

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4 Responses to Hot Stove 2010: Yankees out on big names?

  1. Pat says:

    This could bode very well, or neutrally. It could be just as likely that the Red Sox are trying to keep payroll down.

    Is it unreasonable to hope for Holliday for Drew money?

  2. redsoxtalk says:

    Getting Holliday for $14M/year would be a dream, but my guess is it’ll be at least $17M/year and probably more. The expectation is that Boras will demand a $100M contract, but if the price sinks that low, you can bet that other previously uninterested teams would jump in.

    • manny says:

      why all the talk about holliday when first off they spent money on lacky camron hermida and let a guy like bay go who proved to be one of the best hitters in the AL unlike holliday did we forget Oakland ? lets b real here sox nation lets hope we have good pitching all year around or maybe agonz soon cause those days of big bats are way over

      • redsoxtalk says:

        I don’t know why people have a problem with Holliday’s .286/.378/.454 performance in Oakland. He hit .299/.400/.480 with the Athletics after May 1, which, considering his poor hitters home park, is better than Jason Bay with the Sox.

        Just watch Bay with the Mets. I think in 2-3 years he becomes a major albatross for them. No one will be pining for him them.

        Right now it looks like we will go with pitching and defense (which I’m fine with). Should we decide in July, we can pull the trigger on Gonzalez or someone else.

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