It's no surprise the Yanks have a glut of OF/DH types. But to send Matsui (one year left on his contract) and Cano for Holliday just seems strange. I like Holliday an awful lot, even if his home/away splits are a bit daunting. He's still a top OF and would be a nice youthful addition (he'll be 29 on Opening Day). But the Yanks would then need to pounce on Orlando Hudson to fill the vacant 2B spot. Oh yeah, Holliday's a Boras client with an expiring contract at season's end. He's got some good power, though just 25 HR last year after hitting the mid-30's the two years prior and he certainly runs more than Matsui.
I like Matsui; he's quiet, professional, and seemingly a good guy to have around. He might be DH'ing more than he wants but if he has to play LF, he's capable. I understand the desire to thin the herd of OF types, maybe allowing some of the kids to get some PT. Trading him for another OF, though, does confuse me, even if it's for a talented guy like Holliday.
Maybe Holliday comes to NY, thrives and wants to stay. He still won't take a discount, not as a Boras disciple. Is that worth dealing Cano? Is the potential upgrade (Holliday-over-Matsui) worth losing Cano? One year window. I don't think so. Could the Yanks increase the offer to also land Atkins, who may be able to shift from 3B to 2B? I have no idea. Anyone closer to the Rockies than I am*?
* A co-worker's sister is married to Rockies manager Clint Hurdle. Maybe I could weasle an "interview"...
His 2008 Home/Away Splits were more even, though:
And there have been rumors of a three-way trade in which the Yankees gave up Hideki Matsui and Robinson Cano and wound up with Matt Holliday, with the Mariners also involved. No. The Yankees would trade Cano in the right deal, but the right deal isn't a one-year rental of Holliday.