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Elsa/Getty ImagesAfter enduring the worst year of his MLB career Evan Longoria Jersey , Matt Holliday will reportedly reunite with the Colorado Rockies after agreeing to a minor league deal on Saturday with the team that drafted him, according to Fancred's Jon Heyman.Although he was an All-Star in 2012 and 2015, the 38-year-old's offense has generally trended downward following the 2011 season. He batted .296, slugged .525 and finished with a .912 OPS then, and almost every year since, his OPS fell compared to the year before.Things reached a nadir for Holliday in 2017. In 105 games for the New York Yankees, he had a .231/.316/.432 slash line along with 19 home runs and 64 RBI. And despite logging the third-fewest plate appearances of his career (427), he struck out his third-most times in a single season (114).In particular, Holliday struggled when opposing pitchers attacked him with something other than a fastball. According to Brooks Baseball, he had an 8.72 percent whiff rate on fastballs. That number climbed to 18.38 percent for breaking balls and 22.09 percent for off-speed pitches.Some expected Holliday to have a bounce-back 2017 after he batted .253 on balls in play in 2016, per FanGraphs. Instead, it may be fair to wonder whether the fractured thumb he suffered in August 2016 had had a long-lasting effect on his swing.In the team's press release announcing his signing, the Yankees noted Holliday had an average exit velocity of 94.7 mph, which was third-best among hitters with at least 100 batted balls in play. According to Baseball Savant, his average exit velocity fell to 89.9 mph in 2017.No slugger is immune to the aging curve http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-dustin-mcgowan-jersey , and the thumb injury may have accelerated his inevitable decline.Holliday's 19 homers illustrate he still boasts plenty of power. The problem is that power came far more inconsistently than it did when he was in his prime with the Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals.In September, NJ Advance Media's Brendan Kuty speculated Holliday wouldn't be back in New York in 2018. In addition to the player's underwhelming offense, Kuty noted he is almost exclusively a designated hitter now since he can't regularly play one of the three outfield positions anymore.However, Kuty also wrote that Holliday "has been a huge mentor to Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier and likely other hitters we don't know about." As well as hoping for Holliday to turn things around at the plate in 2018, the Rockies may be counting on him to have a similar impact inside their clubhouse.Stats are courtesy of Baseball Reference unless otherwise noted. Baltimore might do more business after Britton, but he's the only player remaining on its roster who could bring in a haul of prospects as Machado did.If the Orioles want to receive the most out of the Britton trade, the Astros would be the best suitor, but if a better deal comes along, the team in the AL East cellar would have to consider that as well.Brewers Looking Over A Few Potential UpgradesThe Milwaukee Brewers are exploring deals to improve their roster on a few fronts.The Brewers missed out on Machado, but that could turn out in their favor if negotiations with sellers fall in a certain way.On the pitching front, the Brewers are looking at Britton and Tampa Bay starter Chris Archer, as Rosenthal noted:Ken Rosenthal Ken_Rosenthal#Brewers continue to cast wide net in search for upgrades, sources tell me and ByRobertMurray. They are among the teams pursuing #Orioles鈥?Britton and also considering #Rays鈥?Archer. Had extensive discussions with #Orioles on Machado;know which prospects O鈥檚 like.The second-place team in the NL Central is also inquiring about Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas, per MLB Network's Jon Morosi:Jon Morosi jonmorosiSources: #Brewers have considered possibility of acquiring Mike Moustakas and moving Travis Shaw to 2B Carlos Gomez Jersey , but pitching may become the more urgent priority following Suter injury. MLBNetwork MLBGoing after Britton comes with a slight advantage, as the Brewers are aware of which prospects the Orioles like from the failed negotiations for Machado.However, they may be forced to leave the Britton negotiations and focus on acquiring a starting pitcher after Brent Suter suffered a torn UCL.Archer would be one of the top starters on the trade market if the Rays opt to make him available, but he's struggled a bit in 2018.The good news for any prospective suitors, including the Brewers, is the 29-year-old looked strong in his Sunday outing against Miami, when he struck out 13 batters over six innings.As for Moustakas, he would provide extra power to the lineup, as he's hit 19 home runs and driven in 59 runs for the Royals. But a trade for the third baseman would require Travis Shaw to shift to second base, which is one of the biggest holes in the Milwaukee lineup.The Brewers need to improve their roster in a few different places to keep up with the Cubs in the NL Central, but which positions they will actually upgrade remains to be seen.With a new focus on the starting pitcher market, the Brewers could devote more time there and hope to get a cheaper reliever once Britton is dealt elsewhere.Meanwhile on the position-player front, Moustakas would be an intriguing option, although there are some middle infielders out there who could be a more direct fit.Marlins Getting Calls On Multiple PlayersWhile Baltimore is seen as the top seller on the trade market right now, the Miami Marlins could eclipse it if they offload some of their trade targets.According to Heyman http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-adeiny-hechavarria-jersey , the Marlins received calls on a handful of players, including Justin Bour, Derek Dietrich, Dan Straily, Kyle Barraclough and Drew Steckenrider:Jon Heyman JonHeymanmarlins are also getting calls on Justin Bour, Derek Dietrich, Dan Straily -- those are the ones most likely to go. also getting calls on steckenrider and barraclough obvs, but the price is very high there, understandably so.Barraclough and Steckenrider are two of the best relievers on a struggling team in MLB, but as Heyman noted, the price is steep for both players.If the price is too high for the pair of setup men, closer Brad Ziegler might be targeted, and there's interest from the Atlanta Braves and others, per Morosi:Jon Morosi jonmorosi. BradZiegler鈥檚 trade value is rising. His 1.03 ERA is the best in the NL since the beginning of June (min. 25 IP), per Mike Berger of FOXSports. #Braves are among the teams that have inquired to #Marlins about relievers Sergio Romo Jersey , sources say. MLBNetwork MLBThen there's catcher J.T. Realmuto, who would be the most coveted player on the market if the Marlins make him available.The Washington Nationals showed interest in making a deal for the catcher in recent weeks, perHeyman, but nothing has come of it since.A roster purge would be nothing new in south Florida, but the Marlins might have to wait until the Britton trade talks conclude before setting the price tag on Barraclough, Steckenrider and Ziegler.Barraclough has struck out 50 batters over 44 innings while recording 10 saves, Steckenrider possesses a 1.295 WHIP with 51 strikeouts in 48 appearances, and Ziegler has 10 saves with a 1.318 WHIP and 4.20 ERA.All three players would be nice additions for contenders, but since the relief market is saturated, the Marlins might not get the ideal return for the trio.If Miami wanted to, it could have yet another franchise fire sale and load up on prospects, but until a few other top trade targets are dealt, it might not receive the ideal offers for its coveted players. 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