NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Yankees made a quick strike to land a bat on the eve of baseball's Winter Meetings, agreeing to terms with outfielder/designated hitter Matt Holliday on a one-year, $13 million contract.
The signing has not been officially announced by the team.'s Jon Paul Morosi has confirmed the signing and its financial terms.
Matt Holliday agrees to a one-year $13M deal with Yankees
Holliday, who turns 37 in January, batted .246 with a .322 on-base percentage and .461 slugging percentage in 110 games for the Cardinals this past season, producing 20 doubles, one triple, 20 home runs and 62 RBIs. The right-handed hitter is a seven-time All-Star and has spent 7 1/2 of his 13 big league seasons in St. Louis, owning a lifetime .303 average with 295 home runs and 1,153 RBIs in 1,773 games for the Cardinals, Rockies and Athletics. The Yankees' search for a proven hitter started with last month's trade ofBrian McCann to the Astros for two Minor League pitching prospects. Holliday figures to see most of his time as a DH for New York, though he could also see time in left field and at first base. In addition to Holliday, the Yankees had shown some level of interest in free-agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion, but ultimately balked at his high price tag. They were also interested in Carlos Beltran but did not tender him an offer before he agreed to a one-year, $16 million deal with the Astros. With the lineup vacancy plugged, general manager Brian Cashman will arrive at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on Monday morning able to turn his full attention to the Yankees' pitching needs. Cashman has said the Yankees are in the market for multiple relievers -- they remain strongly interested in a reunion with closer Aroldis Chapman -- as well as a solid starting pitcher to supplement their rotation ofMasahiro TanakaMichael Pineda and CC Sabathia.

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