January 4, 2010

Rosenthal: Damon fits with Braves

Ken Rosenthal’s latest column touches on all the biggest remaining free agents this winter, including the likes of Matt Holliday, Johnny Damon and Aroldis Chapman.

Damon: Rosenthal neglected to mention the Yankees in his segment on Damon, and predicted the Braves and Giants as likely suitors, as mentioned by me last week. I really feel like it would be unnecessary for the Yankees to sign Damon after they replaced him with Curtis Granderson. However, Tim Dierkes of MLBTR predicts Damon will end up with the Yankees on a one-year, $6-7 million deal. I think there’s too much of a market for a quality bat like Damon for his price to go that low.

Holliday: Rosenthal, Dierkes and MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez think Holliday will land back in St. Louis with the Cardinals. Gonzalez’s report says the two parties are “closing in on” a deal. Rosenthal predicts Holliday will get seven years and around $120 million. I never thought Holliday had a realistic shot at going to New York. He seems to like it in the National League a lot after playing in Oakland.

Chapman: Rosenthal thinks the tables have turned for Chapman in that low-market teams like the Marlins are the favorites to land the Cuban defector. The Yankees and Red Sox are less likely to break the bank on an unproven pitcher, while a low-market team might take a chance on a potential franchise player.

That’s all the Yankees news. It’s pretty evident Brian Cashman has made the big moves that he wanted to make this offseason. All that’s left is possibly trading Sergio Mitre or Chad Gaudin to improve the bench/bullpen.

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