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Report: New York is where Holliday would rather play

Newsday's Ken Davidoff reports that "in the loop" sources indicate to him that Matt Holliday's top choices when he hits the free agent market are the Yankees and the Mets.

Davidoff writes:

As has become a weekly tradition here, my Sunday Insider can't be found on the Web. A quick recap: According to a person in the loop, Matt Holliday's top choices in free agency are: 1) Yankees; and 2) Mets. The Oklahoma native is apparently not intimidated by New York.

As of now, I'd say the Yankees don't want to make another large purchase like that, in the wake of last winter's shopping spree - and if they win it all, then the pressure from the yakosphere (trademark Neil Best) to get Holliday should alleviate.

The Mets? Based on Jeff Wilpon's words from a few weeks ago, they'll consider anything and everything. Of course, many industry folks are very skeptical that the Mets will actually do so.

Holliday's primary reservation about joining the Mets? Yup, hitting at Citi Field. Maybe they can alter the dimensions? Jerry Manuel hinted near the end of the season that wasn't impossible.

Of course, this is just speculation. But it seems more and more than Holliday intends to work the free agent market for the biggest deal possible. And that's bad news for the Cardinals who hoped to come to an agreement with the former Rockies and Athletics flychaser before the bidding got crazy.

All of St. Louis' off-season plans hinge on what Holliday decides to do. So if there isn't a quick resolution for the situation, the Cardinals may have to move on before the dealing is done.

If the rumors are true, a word of advice for Holliday: Don't drop the last out in a playoff game if you're with one of the New York clubs. But don't take my word on it, ask former Yankee Chuck Knoblauch about it.