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Matt Holliday

Posted Wednesday, December 30, 2009, at 5:11 PM

It's been a while since my last blog. Between work and finishing up another semester of MBA classes, I didn't have much time to get on here.

As a result of the recent Jason Bay signing by the Mets, it seems as though Matt Holliday will remain a Cardinal. Boston has already spent a ton of cash on John Lackey and Mike Cameron, so I don't see where they could be a player for Holliday. The Angels just spent some dough on Hideki Matsui, so they are finished spending. The Yankees ponied up for Curtis Granderson and are still negotiating with Johnny Damon, so they are saying they aren't interested in Holliday.

Just about the only team left with the money to pay Holliday is St. Louis. I think the only question now is going to be about the worth of the contract. There are so many reports swirling around about deals that have been offered and so forth that I don't even feel like speculating. The fact of the matter is that signing Holliday automatically makes the Cardinals the favorite to repeat as Central Division champs. Failing to sign him leaves the Cards with a huge hole in the cleanup spot that really can't be filled adequately from within (see last season). The signing would allow the Cards to lengthen their lineup and put everyone where they need to be in the lineup.

Another problem will be at third base. Who plays there? Glaus is gone. DeRosa is gone. I know David Freese is going to get every shot in the world to win the job, but his recent DWI charge really makes me question his maturity. There are rumors that the Cards are interested in Felipe Lopez to start at third, so there is another option.

I'm interested to see what the readers think of Matt Holliday likely returning to St. Louis, and also what you think the Cards should do about the third base vacancy.

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Right now, there are reports of a $98.5 million contract for Holliday for either 5 or 6 years. LaRussa has said they expect to get something done early this week, whether it's a deal for Holliday or telling them we are done with the games.

-- Posted by Brandon Higgins on Mon, Jan 4, 2010, at 5:53 PM

These are all things that I've thought about as well. A long deal for Holliday is rather frightening because I automatically think of Vernon Wells, Alfonso Soriano, Barry Zito, etc.

You bring up a great point with the payroll since Pujols will be looking to ink a new contract since he will be a free agent soon; however, I believe owner Bill DeWitt is going to be comfortable expanding payroll to accommodate Albert from what I've read. I think that will solve the problem of extending Waino, who is already the anchor of our rotation. He will be getting ace money.

As far as Holliday being rather pedestrian in Oakland, I think that was a combination of a mechanical change in his swing and the fact that Oakland's stadium is where hitters go to die. He had eliminated his high leg kick at the beginning of the season, which made him struggle. When he fixed that at the end of his Oakland tenure, he began heating up. He was red hot before he ever set foot in St. Louis.

If the Cardinals don't sign Holliday, the fact remains that some kind of help will be necessary. Ludwick is much better suited for hitting fifth, and there is nobody else on the roster who can hit cleanup. I think you will agree that something has to be done to fix last year's anemic offense. I'm interested to hear your take on other options. Thanks for the reply.

-- Posted by Brandon Higgins on Mon, Jan 4, 2010, at 10:13 AM

140illion I heard. I dont think Matt Holliday is worth this.

Matt Holliday the past two years has averaged 24.5 homeruns, 98.5 rbi, 102 strikeouts, .317 batting average

Ryan Ludwick the past two years has averaged 29.5 homeruns, 105 rbi, 125 strikeouts, .282 batting average

Let's just say Matt Holliday DOES have 7 good years in him. He'll be 38 when the contract expires. Would anyone give Ludwick a contract worht 20 million a year until he's 37? No.

Here's the thing, Matt Holliday is getting too much hype because he came to St. Louis and lit things up. Are people forgetting this is the same guy that hit 11 homeruns in 400 at-bats for Oakland? You give Holliday all that money every year, Pujols is going to want more than Holliday, deservingly so, what is Pujols going to get? 7 years 175 mil? You mean to tell me it's good to have Matt Holliday and Albert Pujols making a combined 45 million a year, possibly more depending on what they ACTUALLY get? This is a horrible idea, I truly believe. Matt Holliday may be a tremendous boost to the lineup, but what about years to come. What about when the Cardinals try to re-sign Wainwright someday, but can't because of Holliday and Pujols. Pujols is great, and everyone loves him, you'd be crazy to let him go, I'm not saying that. But Holliday isn't worth the risk. This has a bad vibe, and one that I believe will haunt for years to come.

-- Posted by Baseballfan88 on Sun, Jan 3, 2010, at 11:19 PM

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