If Cashman really wants Holliday, he could be a Yankee
From Mark Feinsand of the Daily News:
With Johnson seemingly being refitted for pinstripes, it’s unlikely that the Yankees will get involved in the bidding for left fielder Matt Holliday, the premier free agent left on the market. But just as Cashman talked his owner into loosening the purse strings last winter to bring back Pettitte, the possibility exists that Steinbrenner could be talked into expanding the payroll once again.
“I think Brian understands that if it’s a matter of getting one player that we really feel we need, I’m not going to slam the door in his face,” Steinbrenner said. “But I am a budget person and he did get a number. We’ve already spent $17-18million, but like I said, I don’t believe we’re done yet.”
The $17-18 million Hal Steinbrenner references here is now closer to $23 million with the addition of Nick Johnson, however, based on Steinbrenner’s comments, I don’t think one can completely rule out the possibility of adding Matt Holliday to the New York lineup. It’s an altogether unlikely scenario, yet if Brian Cashman truly wants to add Holliday to the team’s outfield and is willing to fight for that addition like he did with Mark Teixeira, then Hal Steinbrenner, regardless of his frugal nature, appears willing to accommodate Cashman’s judgment (or would at least attempt to).
But, again, it comes down to whether or not Cashman really wants Matt Holliday.
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