According to Ken Davidoff, Matt Holliday was recently asked if he would play in New York and he responded, “Yeah, I would play here, I’d have no problem playing here.” Wow, big shocker! Of course he would say that, his agent Scott Boras has trained him well. If he said he would never play in New York his value this off season (when he is a free agent) would go way down. I do think the Matt would actually want to play in New York and he is being honest, but it just does not mean that much.
Back in the offseason Tyler Kepner spoke to Matt’s father, Tom Holliday. In his telephone interview with Tyler, Tom went as far as saying, “If someone would have called me today and said Matt had gotten traded to the Yankees, I’d have been hunting for a place to celebrate.” I think that is pretty cool.
The thing is, as great of a player Matt Holliday is, I do not know if I want the Yankees to add another long term contract to their team. A year ago I would have signed him in a heartbeat, but now with the addition of CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira, I do not know if the Yankees should give another long term contract away. I would definitely consider it with Damon and Matsui coming off the books, but at this point I would just see how Matt does this year in the AL. After the year, the Yankees can evaluate how Holliday did in Oakland and make a decision from there.