Ken Davidoff of Newsday has a source who has told him that Matt Holliday's top two choices in free agency are the Yankees and the Mets, in that order.
Davidoff doesn't see the Yankees wanting to make another commitment of that level after signing Mark Teixeira, C.C. Sabathia, and A.J. Burnett last winter. He also feels that winning the World Series would remove some of the pressure to sign the superstar left fielder.
Davidoff lists hitting at Citi Field as Holliday's main reservation about signing on with the Mets, but says that based on recent comments by Jeff Wilpon, the Mets could be willing to try anything and everything this offseason. "Anything and everything" will be expensive in Holliday's case, however. Remember that back in September, an agent told Jon Heyman that he estimated seven years and $147MM for Holliday, while Heyman himself ventured a guess of seven years, $120MM.
Holliday struggled (by his standards) in his brief American League tenure, posting a line of .286/.378/.454 with Oakland through 93 games this season. Since being traded to the Cardinals, however, Holliday exploded to post an incredible .353/.419/.604 line through 63 games.
It seems a bit early to begin making predictions, but since that's one of the fun parts about the offseason anyway, let's hear 'em. Does Holliday land with a New York club? Will he re-up in St. Louis? Or will we be surprised at what jersey he's wearing again, as we were when the A's acquired him last winter?