Despite dealing their left fielder to the Braves for Javier Vazquez, the Yankees insist that they aren't in on the Matt Holliday or Jason Bay dealings...
I can't say I believe them.
But Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes that the Bronx Bombers are interested in bringing in Mark DeRosa to play some left field... The logic is that the Yankees are trying to stick to their lower payroll projections to clear space to go on a free agent shopping spree after the 2010 season. I can't believe they would want to pay a 35-year-old utility man $18 million for three years instead of signing one of the best hitting left fielders in the game to a long-term contract.
While there will be more pitching and some interesting infielders on the market next year, the list of corner outfielders who could be free agents just doesn't seem nearly as hot...
Meanwhile Fox Sports writes that the Red Sox are still in the bidding for Holliday and Bay and that the Giants are still lurking around, too. Let's not forget that the Red Sox had the largest known offer out there for Holliday, $82.5 million, which is $2.5 million better than the St. Louis offer...
While there was talk about some option years that could make the Birds' offer as mush as $128 million over eight years, it would seem those discussions didn't gain any traction and the Cardinals remain on the sidelines in the Holliday bidding, unwilling to close the deal.
Seems like the same old same old: Sure the Cardinals would love to be competitive and have one of the best players in the game. But only if he will take less than market value for the honor of playing for St. Louis.
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