Heyman, citing Sweeny Murti of CBS New York, said Holliday will serve as the designated hitter for the Yankees.
This comes after the St. Louis Cardinals declined the remaining option year on his previous contract on the heels of a 2016 season in which he played just 110 games and slashed .246/.322/.461 with 20 home runs and 62 RBI. He also fell short in the outfield and was responsible for minus-eight defensive runs saved above average, per FanGraphs.
He was an All-Star his final three years with Colorado, as well as his first three full seasons with St. Louis. The seven-time All-Star also made the team in 2015 and has four Silver Slugger Awards and the 2007 National League batting title on his impressive resume.
USA Today ranked him as the 46th-best free agent in this offseason's class and pointed to some of his decline as he ages: "Once one of the game's most consistent power hitters, Holliday has begun to show his age over the past two seasons as injuries have become more of a problem. His career-low .246 average and .783 OPS in 2016 confirm the decline."
He still managed to reach the 20-homer plateau for the 10th time in his career:
|Matt Holliday's Career Stats|
|Season||Team||Games||Batting Average||Home Runs||RBI||OPS|
|2009||Oakland Athletics/St. Louis Cardinals||156||.313||24||109||.909|
|2010||St. Louis Cardinals||158||.312||28||103||.922|
|2011||St. Louis Cardinals||124||.296||22||75||.913|
|2012||St. Louis Cardinals||157||.295||27||102||.876|
|2013||St. Louis Cardinals||141||.300||22||94||.879|
|2014||St. Louis Cardinals||156||.272||20||90||.811|
|2015||St. Louis Cardinals||73||.279||4||35||.804|
|2016||St. Louis Cardinals||110||.246||20||62||.783|
In addition to his raw power, Holliday brings postseason experience to his new team. He has 72 playoff games and the 2007 National League Championship Series MVP under his belt and will look to help lead the Yankees to the playoffs in 2017.
That may be the case, but he will be 37 years old throughout the 2017 campaign. The power was still there when healthy in 2016, and he won't be a liability in the outfield as a designated hitter.
Between his veteran leadership, postseason mettle and pop he brings to the order, Holliday can develop into an impact signing for New York.