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New York Yankees officially sign OF Matt Holliday

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The New York Yankees officially signed free agent outfielder Matt Holliday to a one-year deal Wednesday. Financial terms weren't announced by the team, but multiple media outlets reported previously the contract is worth $13 million. File Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI
The New York Yankees officially signed free agent outfielder Matt Holliday to a one-year deal Wednesday. Financial terms weren't announced by the team, but multiple media outlets reported previously the contract is worth $13 million. File Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | License Photo

The New York Yankees added some pop to their lineup by officially signing free agent outfielder Matt Holliday to a one-year deal Wednesday.

Financial terms of the deal were not announced by the team, but multiple media outlets reported previously the contract is worth $13 million. The seven-time All-Star is expected to serve as the Yankees' designated hitter and also fill in at first base.

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"I would have liked to have gotten a two-year deal or more; I want to play three or four more years," Holliday told the New York Daily News on Wednesday. "I'll take the one-year deal, hopefully go out and play really well and see what happens."

Holiday, who turns 37 next month, missed seven weeks last season with a fractured thumb. He hit .246 with 20 homers and 62 RBIs in 110 games.

Holliday, who spent the last seven seasons in St. Louis, is a career .303 hitter with 295 homers and 1,153 RBIs in 13 seasons.

A 1998 seventh-round draft pick of the Rockies, Holliday spent five seasons in Colorado before he was traded to the Oakland A's in a November 2008 deal.

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In 2007, Holliday won the National League batting title with a .340 average, and he led the league with 216 hits, 386 total bases, 50 doubles and 92 extra-base hits. He finished as runner-up in NL MVP voting behind the Philadelphia Phillies' Jimmy Rollins.

Holliday signed a seven-year, $120 million free agent deal with St. Louis in January 2010. The Cardinals declined his $17 million option for 2018 last month.

On Saturday, former Yankees outfielder/designated hitter Carlos Beltran, 40, signed a one-year, $16 million deal with the Texas Rangers.

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