Three Undervalued Free Agents the Yankees Should Consider
The one-year $10 million contract that MLB Trade Rumors predicts for Holliday this offseason would be an absolute steal for a guy who has been one of the most consistently productive middle-of-the-order bats in the National League for the last 13 years.
A move to the Junior Circuit may be just what the doctor ordered for Holliday, who has struggled to stay on the field the last two seasons with a variety of injuries, most notably a quadriceps strain in 2015 and a fractured thumb in the second half of 2016.
Even while dealing with those issues, Holliday put up a solid .246/.322/.461 (107 OPS+) batting line in 426 plate appearances while reaching the 20 home run mark for the 10th time in the last 11 seasons. It’s probably reasonable to expect those numbers to come up with the stress of playing the field removed from his soon-to-be 37-year-old body.
It’s probably reasonable to expect those numbers to come up with the stress of playing the field removed from his soon-to-be 37-year-old body. The seven-time All-Star has a career slash line of .303./.382/.515 over 13 MLB seasons and has been an OPB machine for years before seeing his walks plummet in 2016.
If Holliday can get back to his patient approach at the plate, he could approximate the production of the big name DH options available this winter without being locked into a three or four-year deal. The Steamer projection system expects him to hit .275/.358/.465 (121 wRC+) with 20 homers in 528 plate appearances, which would look excellent in the cleanup spot behind Gary Sanchez next year.