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Holliday open to playing in any part of the country

Matt Holliday is open to playing in any

Matt Holliday is open to playing in any part of the country next season. Credit: David Pokress

As he sits atop the free-agent market, Matt Holliday says he can envision playing anywhere.

"I've been around, and I've lived in some big cities so I would say that I'm open to any sort of coast or city," Holliday told Jody McDonald and Rob Dibble on SIRIUS XM Radio's MLB Home Plate channel Wednesday. "Obviously I've never lived in some of the big cities on the East Coast, but at the same time, I've spent some time there, and [with] my dad being from Pennsylvania, I have some experience on the East Coast.

"My brother lived in Atlanta for a while, so I've been around a little bit. So I wouldn't consider myself somebody who really has to stay in the Midwest."

Newsday reported last month that Holliday, who spent the 2009 season with the A's and Cardinals after beginning his career with Colorado, regards the Yankees as his first choice and the Mets as his second choice. The Yankees would rather bring back Johnny Damon on a reasonable contract than invest huge dollars in Holliday.

The Mets regard Holliday as a serious option to fill their need for a slugging outfielder. Most industry officials expect Holliday to get about a $100-million contract.

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