On the heels of a productive late-season comeback with the Rockies in 2018, veteran outfielder/designated hitter Matt Holliday is aiming to suit up again for the 2019 season, tweets Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Holliday, 39 in January, didn’t sign last offseason and waited just before the non-waiver trade deadline to sign a minor league contract to return to the Rockies. He joined the Rox for a September call-up and gave the club 65 plate appearances of quality overall offense. In that short time, Holliday hit .283/.415/.434 with two homers, two doubles and 12 walks against 18 strikeouts. He added a walk and another pair of hits, including a double, in nine postseason plate appearances.
Certainly, Holliday’s time as an elite corner outfielder looks to be in the rear-view mirror as he winds down a brilliant career which, to date, has spanned 15 years. His contact skills and power have faded since he was an annual lock for 25 to 35 home runs with the Rockies and Cardinals, but Holliday could still provide a team with some pop off the bench and take occasional reps in left field or at designated hitter. He also made 18 appearances at first base from 2016-17 with the Cards and Yankees, so he could perhaps be a reserve option there as well.
Generally speaking, aging corner bats haven’t fared well on the free-agent market in recent seasons, but Holliday and agent Scott Boras presumably won’t have a lofty asking price given the fact that the slugger sat out nearly all of the 2018 season. It’s not clear whether Holliday is open to signing another minor league deal and competing for a roster spot in Spring Training, but if he’s willing to do so, there could be multiple such opportunities.