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Holliday would defer money for Pujols

Posted on: February 11, 2011 3:41 pm
Edited on: February 11, 2011 3:42 pm
Matt Holliday
You know how at work, sometimes everyone is asked to kick a little money into the kitty for a good cause, like a maternity present for Mary Anne from accounting? Matt Holliday has sort of the same idea, but on a bigger scale. He said Friday he's willing to defer part of his salary if it would help the Cardinals re-sign Albert Pujols.

The massive deal the Cardinals gave Holliday last January -- seven years, $120 million -- was met with resentment by many Cardinals fans who feared it would keep the team from being able to keep Pujols, whose contract expires this season. Holliday's $17 million salary represents nearly one-sixth of St. Louis' estimated 2011 payroll of $104 million.

The outfielder told a radio show Friday he'd be willing to defer money if aproached by the club about doing so -- which he stressed has not happened.

"I deferred $2 million a year for the whole contract," Holliday said, "and I would be willing, if they came to me and said, 'Hey, this is what it's going to take to get Albert done, would you do it again or do more?' Scott [Boras, Holliday's agent,] probably wouldn't like me to stay that, but if that's what it took, I would be willing to do that."

A couple of million a year deferred during Holliday's five remaining years probably wouldn't make or break the Cardinals' chances of signing Pujols, especially if the deferral didn't extend beyond a point where the team would be still paying Pujols anyway, but it's a nice gesture. Like everyone else, Holliday knows the Cardinals have a much better chance of winning with Pujols in the lineup. And hey, bald guys have to stick together.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2011 12:55 am

Holliday would defer money for Pujols

I can help out too.  My earnings are nowhere near Holliday's, but if Pujols can't feed his family on the money the Cards are offering, I can kick in about $1000.00 per year, about $40 per pay day to help out, as long as I don't get laid off.  If we can get another 1000 people to kick in, we can get another $million.  Times are tough and we should all help the needy when we can.

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2011 11:44 pm

Holliday would defer money for Pujols

It's the fact that Holliday realizes that winning is more important than $$$$, and even though it's not like he's cutting his salary by 20% or anything crazy, it's still money he's still willing to part with right now, and if more players did this I think the league would be better for it. MLB has enough overpaid ego-maniacs that would never part with a dollar to save the lives of their teammates, so I think this is a positive trend than needs to continue. Sure makes MLB look better while the image of the NFL is getting rocky especially w/ a pending lockout. 

Since: Jul 7, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2011 9:17 pm

Holliday would defer money for Pujols

Big Deal! Chipper's done this so many times that he'll have to pay the Braves to play next year...

Since: Mar 7, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2011 9:16 pm

Holliday would defer money for Pujols

This is exactly the reason all these sports figures need to give their heads a shake.  These players are being paid hand over fist for playing a game.  Yet they act like the 10 - 20 million that would move them to another team is only about getting what they deserve?  When you here about $275 million dollar contracts for 10 years like A-Rod has and I'm sure Pujols out of pure childish behaviour whats more.  Because he is looking out for his family?  This is all getting out of hand.  Given time all major league sports will out price their own products.  Much like the weakened NHL product nowadays with the hard cap, all teams will be limited to one or two big contracts and a bunch of young mediocre talent. The greed that drives the two sides truly is sickening.  I am a huge sports fan and support the cause but am limited by the prices of tickets and merchandise.  This will only become more and more apparent as the extra cash or fun money is harder to come by in todays economy.  It is funny how Holliday thinks his meagre "couple million a year deferred" token is going to help keep Pujols in St. Louis.  I think he is just putting up this media front now so he won't look and be played as the bad guy when Pujols goes and plays for who he wants to anyhow.  Get people swayed now before the media gets a hold of the story and runs with it.  Sad attempt really.  Pujols should have loyalty to the franchise that has paid him a kings ransom and then some and should be proud to sign a contract that makes sense for the team and his future.  But of course this is not what drives these guys anymore.  It's funny how if these guys would market themselves better they could supplement their incomes without killing the game we all love.  

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2011 6:39 pm

Loyalty on both sides!

Pujols is to St. Louis what Mauer is to Minnesota.  I would hope to see a slight discount made by Pujols for a guaranteed 8-10 years.  It can happen and will eventually.  Pujols doesnt belong anywhere else . . . 

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2011 6:08 pm

Holliday would defer money for Pujols

I appreciate the thought considering your no way worth your contract(but who is?). I bet you'll never see Jayson Werth doing that. But with all things aside, it shouldn't come down to Holliday taking a pay cut to keep Pujols. Is baseball a competition or a business?..Giving Pujols 1/3 of your payroll might not be good for the makings of a competitive team(eventually their pitching staff will suffer), but its damn sure good for the business because Pujols IS THE ST.LOUIS CARDNALS!..and win or lose as long as he's on the team the fans will show support. 

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2011 5:49 pm

Holliday would defer money for Pujols

I hope this gets done. I am not a Cardinals fan per se, but I am a fan of players playing their whole careers where they started. There's something to be said about loyalty, which there isn't much of nowadays in this world sadly.

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2011 5:37 pm

Holliday would defer money for Pujols

Good for Holliday. And as far as what Boras thinks? Holliday should remind Boras that Holliday is Boras' boss, not the other way around. Too many players seem to be scared of this jerk ( yes i know he gets them all top $$  ), but then if the player wants to do something like this to help his team ,its not his agents business. The agent can say "I don't think this is a good idea' and then the player just tells him to go "pound salt". Boras doesn't give a rats ass if Holliday wins anything, he just wants to maximize his cut

Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2011 4:51 pm

Holliday would defer money for Pujols

If Pujols leaves, Holliday will wish he was going too.

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