Holliday intends to continue his playing career during the 2019 season, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. After hitting free agency last winter, Holliday went unsigned until late July, when he reunited with the Rockies on a minor-league contract. The 38-year-old was added to the big-league roster just under a month later and made an impact for the Rockies during their run to the postseason, slashing .283/.415/.434 across 65 plate appearances. Given his age and limited defensive utility at this stage of his career, Holliday may have to settle for another minor-league deal with the Rockies or another club this offseason, but he proved in the second half of 2018 that he's still capable of making an impact with the bat as a part-time player.
Holliday went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Friday's loss to the Dodgers. Holliday took Clayton Kershaw deep in the second inning for his second home run since joining the Rockies on Aug. 23. It was the first time that Holliday has hit a home run off Kershaw in 39 career at-bats, and the 38-year-old is now 11-for-27 in 11 games for the Rockies this year. He's competing for playing time with Gerardo Parra and David Dahl in Colorado's outfield, but he's benefited by the fact that both Parra and Dahl struggle against lefties while he carries a career .294 average against southpaws.
Holliday hit a pinch-hit solo home run Saturday against the Cardinals. Holliday took John Gant deep for his first home run since joining the Rockies on Thursday. He earned a start on his first day with the club but has since appeared only as a pinch hitter. It remains to be seen both how big his role will be with the team and how effective he'll be when given an opportunity.
Holliday will have his contract selected from Triple-A Albuquerque on Thursday and will be in the starting lineup in left field against the Padres, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. Holliday has played in 15 games for Albuquerque after signing a minor-league deal with the organization in late July. During those outings, he's slashed .346/.452/.596 with three home runs and 14 RBI. Even though regular playing time shouldn't be expected, Holliday will provide the Rockies with an extra bat off the bench and may receive some starts in the corner outfield spots as well as first base, mostly in matchups against left-handed starters. Across 105 games with the Yankees last year, he hit .231 with a .748 OPS and 64 RBI.
Holliday has slashed .347/.458/.612 (178 wRC+) across 59 plate appearances in 14 games with Triple-A Colorado Springs. The 38-year-old remained on the free-agent market until late July, when he inked a minor-league deal with the Rockies, for whom he played from 2004 through 2008. The time away from the game hasn't seemed to hurt Holliday, as he's been one of the top hitters in the Pacific Coast League since reporting to Triple-A. (Although, of course, Colorado Springs and the PCL overall typically favor batters.) While his lack of defensive flexibility and absence of a 40-man roster spot are marks against his case for a callup, the Rockies would likely find a way to create space for him in September. He would give the team a quality right-handed bat off the bench and could be called upon for occasional starts at first base or in the corner outfield.