Yankees and Matt Holliday Said to Reach One-Year, $13 Million Deal


Matt Holliday in October with the Cardinals. With Holliday, the Yankees will gain a seasoned player who is accustomed to hitting in the middle of the order.

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The Yankees, having cleared more than $90 million from their payroll in the past six months, made their first foray into free agency in nearly two years on Sunday.

But a headfirst dive, with an accompanying big splash, this was not.

The Yankees instead waded into the free agent waters gingerly, filling their designated-hitter role by agreeing to a one-year, $13 million contract with the veteran outfielder Matt Holliday, according to a baseball official familiar with the terms who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a physical.

Holliday, a seven-time All-Star who will turn 37 next month, is coming off consecutive injury-plagued seasons in St. Louis, where he helped the Cardinals reach two World Series in seven and a half seasons. They won in 2011 and lost in 2013. Holliday also helped the Colorado Rockies to the World Series in 2007, when the Boston…

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