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The Yankees say they don't really want Holliday

Oct 23, 2009, 9:20 AM EDT

Frank Russo at the New York Baseball Digest blog gets some Yankee response to that story about Matt Holliday wanting to play for the Yankees:

Our main Yankees source down it Tampa informed us last night that, at this time,  Yankees management has no interest in getting involved in the Matt Holliday sweepstakes. “It’s way too early,” our source told us. “Brian (Cashman) has a lot of decisions to make, especially with Matsui and Damon.”I don’t care how bad the kid wants to play for the Yanks, Scott (Boras) will be asking for the moon and they’re not going to break the bank for him.”

Which may be true. Of course they said the same kinds of things about Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez and just about every other free agent they’ve pursued in the past.

Which is really smart.  The Yankees get a lot of crap for just going out and buying talent, but it’s not like they’re always out there setting the market.  They often let other teams weigh in, get a range of offers out there, and then come in and offer a bit more.  I think they bid against themselves with the Alex Rodriguez extension, but in all other cases, they waited everyone else out, as a smart bidder should.

I have no idea if Holliday will actually end up in New York, but if he does, it won’t be because the Yankees pursue him like some lovestruck teenager.

  1. BIGBRUCE11047 - Oct 23, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    I think the Dodgers should be the first one to make a bid for Holliday’s services. That’s what the Dodgers needs is some experienced starting pitching. Without that, they’ll make the NLCS and nothing more. The Dodgers’ problems with the divorce/firing of Jamie McCourt could really take their minds off of what is best for the team. I would like to see Holliday in “Dodger Blue” next season. They also need to re-sign Manny for another two or three years.

  2. Old Gator - Oct 23, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Right, they don’t want Holliday. And Madonna doesn’t want Kate Hudson to fall under a subway train, Dick Cheney doesn’t want to send a hundred thousand fresh troops to protect his back-pocket Halliburton deal with Karzai, Roman Polanski doesn’t wish he’d stayed in Paris and Sarah Palin doesn’t want any more publicity.

  3. Runnin' Bases - Oct 23, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    LOL at citing Frank Russo and New York Baseball Digest. Both are total jokes with zero reporting credibility. I’m confused about why people have been duped into thinking they are in the MSM or have any actual connections.

  4. Dan W - Oct 23, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    “I think the Dodgers should be the first one to make a bid for Holliday’s services. That’s what the Dodgers needs is some experienced starting pitching.”
    Bruce…you realize this article is talking about Matt Holliday and not Roy Halladay…right?

  5. smokehouse - Oct 23, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Matt Holliday didn’t help the Cards win the NLDS against the Dodgers. The Dodgers and Cards are just not that good. Typical NL teams. The Phillies are head and shoulders above the rest of the league, they are AL quality. The Phillies don’t need Holliday, so it’s off to the American League. Look for the Red Sox or Yankees to be his next home.

  6. Old Gator - Oct 23, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Ted Williams didn’t help the Red Sox win a series either. They should have let him walk.

  7. Peteinfla - Oct 23, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Hey Big Bruce, Matt Holliday is an outfielder, not the experienced pitcher you talk about the Dodgers needing. Are you thinking of Halladay, the pitcher?

  8. comeonman - Oct 23, 2009 at 12:53 PM


  9. Old Gator - Oct 23, 2009 at 12:56 PM


  10. Cru11 - Oct 23, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    Lmao at the Holliday/Halladay confusion. HAHAHA! And why in God’s name would you want to sign many for 3 more years??? A 40 year old anchor on the decline.

  11. Old Gator - Oct 23, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Well let’s see now, I spend a lot of time at the Dali Museum in St. Pete watching “Destino” over and over again and being indecisive about which souvenir moustache mug to bring home. I kinda like to admire the simple aesthetic brutality of the Tropicana Dome, the architectual answer to Lyle Lovett’s physiognomy, and watch the pigeons critique the half-finished statue of Scott Kazimir in the plaza near the abandoned arepa carts. Then I go over to Ybor City from time to time to marvel at the idea of an entirely tiled neighborhood and eat armadillo fritters in converted cigar factories. Then, I like to go over to Busch Gardens and ride the latest inverted roller coaster and see how many G’s I can pull without shorting out my pacemaker, then retch my half-digested dilly fritters on the heads of the customers waiting in line for the next ride. In other words, a typical Sunday afternoon in the Bay area.

  12. Greg - Oct 23, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    Hey – is this article about Roy Halladay, Matt Holliday or what? I thought it was about Billie Holliday – she was one hot singer.

  13. Old Gator - Oct 23, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    Was she ever. Got all the studio sessions with Prez? That was her pinnacle, but even in her later years, after she’d wrecked her voice with drugs and cigarettes and lost two octaves or more, she could bring a ballad like nobody else using her musical smarts and enunciation. Never be another one like the Lady.

  14. Alan - Oct 23, 2009 at 7:39 PM

    Who is your main source in Tampa? A cab driver at the airport, or the stripper at the topless club?

  15. John - Oct 23, 2009 at 10:39 PM

    to big bruce-It’s HOLLIDAY not HALLADAY

  16. Ed - Oct 24, 2009 at 12:40 AM

    “They often let other teams weigh in, get a range of offers out there, and then come in and offer a bit more”
    haha. who offered anything close to a bit less to what the Yankees gave to A-Rod. I never heard one team going anywhere near $200 million and the yanks gave him $275.

  17. Craig Calcaterra - Oct 24, 2009 at 8:00 AM

    Yay! You fail the reading comprehension test! From the post!
    “I think they bid against themselves with the Alex Rodriguez extension, but in all other cases . . . ”
    Exceptions: examples of behavior which do not adhere to prevalent norms!

  18. attacker - Oct 29, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    The Yankees have the best infield in baseball but their outfield
    is at best mediocre. Damon has flashes during the year but all those pop ups drive me nuts and he has no arm. The same with Melkey – good
    but no where near great with average numbers. Swisher had a career year and won’t repeat it plus he cant catch a ball. So, if it’s not Halliday there will be changes – maybe 2 pick ups. They need a power hitter out there like a Bernie Williams or Paul O’neal type.

  19. Lavonne Orkwis - Feb 8, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    That is an fascinating article, I feel you’ve obtained a good outlook on things!

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