For in-between Yankees, Matt Holliday better fit than Edwin Encarnacion

Matt Holliday makes perfect sense for the New York Yankees. He is an in-between free-agent acquisition for an in-between team.
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Will he be good in 2017? Who knows? Will the Yankees be good in 2017? No one knows that, either. But if Holliday is solid, it could be a big lift for this bridge year as the Yankees try to reload and rebuild toward 2019, which is when the Yankees’ next “uber” (trademark, Brian Cashman) team might be ready to add Bryce Harper and/or Manny Machado and others.

The Yankees have decided to take a chance on former Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday, who missed significant time due to injuries each of the past two seasons.

For now, though, the Yankees have a starting staff with question marks, a bullpen that is incomplete and a lineup that is becoming younger and maybe better but is very much an unknown.

“To the extent that we have left-handed outfield assets, the fact that Houston has been aggressive in taking two guys off the board is maybe a good thing,” Alderson said.

Alderson acknowledged that Granderson’s three years of productivity with the Mets and being part of the organization’s fabric would be a consideration in which player gets dealt between him and Bruce.

“That definitely would be a factor,” he said.

Elite Cameron Heyward Jersey That said, Alderson cannot foresee trading both players, then pivoting to acquire another outfielder — such as Andrew McCutchen.

“I’d say it’s unlikely,” Alderson said. “I don’t foresee that happening.”

As for adding relief help via free agency, Alderson all but ruled out pursuing the likes of Aroldis Chapman, Mark Melancon or Kenley Jansen.

“I don’t think we’re looking at that top end,” Alderson said.