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Matt Holliday wants to play in 2019


Reliever Francisco Rodríguez isn’t the only veteran who wants to keep his career going. Agent Scott Boras said his client Matt Holliday also intends to play next year, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

Holliday, 38, signed a minor league deal with the Rockies in late July, playing a bit for Triple-A Albuquerque before being called up to the majors in late August. In 65 plate appearances spanning 25 games, Holliday hit .283/.415/.434 with a pair of home runs and three RBI. Holliday came to the plate nine times in the postseason as well, registering a walk, a single, and a double with four strikeouts.

Holliday turns 39 years old in January and is defensively limited, so it seems like he would have to sign with an American League team that could use a DH. Maybe the Rays or Royals?

Report: Nathan Eovaldi drawing interest from at least nine teams

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Former Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi is up for grabs this offseason, and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says that as many as nine suitors are interested in bringing the righty aboard. While the Red Sox are eager to retain Eovaldi’s services after his lights-out performance during their recent postseason run, they’ll have to contend with the Brewers, Phillies, Braves, White Sox, Padres, Blue Jays, Giants, and Angels — all of whom are reportedly positioned to offer something for the starter this winter.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the 28-year-old in 2018, however. After losing his 2017 season to Tommy John surgery, he underwent an additional procedure to remove loose bodies from his right elbow in March and didn’t make his first appearance until the end of May. He was flipped for lefty reliever Jalen Beeks just prior to the trade deadline and finished his season with a combined 6-7 record in 21 starts, a 3.81 ERA, 1.6 BB/9, and 8.2 SO/9 through 111 innings.

Despite his numerous health issues over the last few years, Eovaldi raised his stock in October after becoming a major contributor during the Red Sox’ championship run. He contributed two quality starts in the ALDS and ALCS and returned in Games 1-3 of the World Series with three lights-out performances in relief — including a six-inning effort in the 18-inning marathon that was Game 3.

A frontrunner has yet to emerge for the righty this offseason, but Cafardo points out that the nine teams listed so far might just be the tip of the iceberg. Still, he won’t be the most sought-after starter on the market, as former Diamondbacks southpaw Patrick Corbin is expected to command an even bigger payday following his career-best 6.0-fWAR performance in 2018.