Coming off a 2015 campaign where he was hindered with a quad ailment, a fractured thumb sent him to the disabled list in 2016, making it the second straight year that he missed over 40 games due to injury. However, while healthy he managed to blast 20 home runs with 62 RBI over 110 games. Unfortunately, his remaining power seemed to be the only promising sign for the seasoned veteran. He finished the year with a .246 batting average and .322 on-base percentage, both of which are career-low marks for Matt Holliday. As a result, the Cardinals opted to decline his 2017 option. He signed a one-year $13 million deal with the Yankees in what seems to be a perfect match. Holliday could be deployed exclusively at designated hitter, which should help keep his lower body healthy and allow him to return to being a quality middle-of-the-order hitter. Think of him as Carlos Beltran at a discount.
Holliday is 8-for-19 (.421) with a home run thus far in Grapefruit League action. The Yankees inked the 37-year-old to a one-year deal over the offseason, and the club has to be pleased with what it has seen so far in the spring. The expectation is that Holliday -- who has mashed at least 20 home runs in 10 of the last 11 seasons -- will serve as the regular DH and backup first baseman, though the late offseason acquisition of Chris Carter could end up cutting into those roles a bit.
Holliday signed a one-year, $13 million contract with the Yankees on Sunday, Sweeny Murti of WFAN reports. Holliday will head to New York after spending seven seasons and part of another in St. Louis. He appeared in just 183 total games over the last few seasons, so playing for an American League where he can serve as the designated hitter could help his durability next season. He figures to spend most of his time at that spot, but could see spot action at first base and in the outfield as well.
The Cardinals have elected not to exercise the team option on Holliday's contract for 2017, and he is now a free agent, Today's Knuckleball reports. The Cardinals announced late in the regular season that they were not planning to pick up Holliday's $17 million option, and the team made the move official Friday. Holliday hit just .246 last season, but he still posted a .783 OPS thanks to 41 extra-base hits. It remains to be seen what type of interest he will garner on the free agent market, but he was limited to just 183 games over the last two seasons and will turn 37 in January, so he may opt to head to an American League team where he can spend some time as the designated hitter.
Holliday (thumb) was activated from the DL on Friday. The seven-time All-Star is not expected to start this weekend but he will get a chance to say goodbye to the fans in St. Louis with one final pinch-hit at-bat. Holliday's long tenure with the Cardinals will come to an end after this season, as the team has decided to decline his option for 2017.
Holliday (thumb) will be activated from the DL, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. Holliday isn't ready to return to a starting role, but the Cardinals will activate him so he can soak in the adoration of the home fans in one final (pinch hit) at-bat. The Cardinals are expected to decline Holliday's option for 2017, allowing him to hit the open market.