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Cardinals close deal to bring back Matt Holliday

Posted on: January 5, 2010 6:32 pm
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St. Louis and slugger Matt Holliday have agreed to terms on a seven-year, $120 million deal that allows the Cardinals to cross a major item off of their winter to-do list, CBSSports.com has confirmed.

The deal, a major score for Holliday in that the Cardinals really didn't seem to have much competition left for his services at this point in the winter, also includes a full no-trade clause. It also should re-establish St. Louis as NL Central favorites, given the powerful one-two punch of Holliday and Albert Pujols in the middle of the lineup and co-aces Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright atop the rotation.

A return to St. Louis also will give Holliday the chance to re-write what would have been a highly unsatisfying ending to his stay with the Redbirds following his crucial error in left field during Game 2 in Los Angeles last October in the playoffs. The botched play helped position the Dodgers to sweep in three games and largely contributed to a stunningly premature end to the season for a team that had serious World Series hopes.

The Cardinals, of course, probably wouldn't have been in that position in the first place without Holliday, whose bat sent them on a torrid second half run after they acquired him from Oakland in late July. In 63 games with the Cardinals, Holliday batted .353 with 13 homers and 55 RBI.

 

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Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2010 11:42 pm
 

Cardinals close deal to bring back Matt Holliday

I have faith the Cards will do what it takes to stay competitive and can't picture Pujols wearing another uniform. I'm glad the Yankees signed Texeira and aren't in need of a 1st baseman for the next decade.
I wonder what it will take to resign Pujols. He's worth more than Arod but won't demand that type of contract. 
As for next year's 3rd baseman. What are the cards looking at?



Since: Jun 15, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2010 8:56 pm
 

Cardinals close deal to bring back Matt Holliday

jubeininja69, seeing as you are an A's fan, and you have been so beaten down with Billy Beane ball for too many years to count, let me answer your question.  You see, the Cardinals actually spend money every year to be competitive.  We are not a farm system, like the A's,  for the rest of the league.  Now that the Cardinals will be more competitive with the addition of Matt Holliday, Albert will sign for $20 million a year; a discount by today's standards.  Seeing as the Cardinals draw 3 million plus a year annualy, (2.9 million more than the A's), the certainly can afford both.  But thanks for your concern.



Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2010 8:41 pm
 

Cardinals close deal to bring back Matt Holliday

As a Padres fan, we gave Phil Nevin and a couple other guys no-trade clauses a few years ago and it was tough to get rid of those guys once their skills diminished.  In a worst case scenario, and I mean WORST, they lose Pujols, and Wainwright and Carpenter have a few of their health problems...then the money/no-trade clause will be a problem.

Of course this IS baseball and these are the new "Midwest Yankees"...hopefully the people of St. Louie can still afford ticket prices.... 



Since: Jun 15, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2010 8:24 pm
 

Cardinals close deal to bring back Matt Holliday

Apparently you don't follow baseball.  7 year deal at $120 million equates to $17 million and change per year.  And speaking of "butcher boys", this is a lot less than the Dodgers will be paying Manny Ramirez to roam LF for the Dodgers.  Although a heck of a lot of money, this is fair market value for a talent like Matt Holliday, especially in his prime.  And by the way, I was at Dodger stadium for game 2 when Holliday misplayed that sinking liner to left field.  That play was a lot tougher than it looked.  Yes, he should have had it, but, that is why they play the games.  I for one am estatic over this signing. 



Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2010 8:16 pm
 

Cardinals close deal to bring back Matt Holliday

I have to give the Cardinals management credit for signing Matt Holliday.  He and Pujols will make a formidable 3/4 combination for the next 4 to 5 years.  I have read some post of how Holliday is over rated and now over paid.  There are a ton of overpaid players in baseball.  Holliday was the top FA out there and he has Boras as his agent.  Did anyone expect to get a discount for him?  

Regardless,  it looks like the rumors have the Cardinals making a play for Tijeda to play third base.  That would make the line up very interesting.  The Cards still need a fifth starter but I have not heard if they are going after Smoltz or they are going let one of the kids down on the farm compete for a spot.  You have Carp, Wainwright, hopefully a healthy Lohse and Penny going.  That's a very nice line up.  

If they add some left handed relief help we'll see even more crocodile tears coming out of Chicago next August when the Cubbies are out of it.

 




Since: Apr 29, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2010 7:47 pm
 

Cardinals close deal to bring back Matt Holliday

I bet ticket prices are on the way up!

I'm happy to see him back and believe he had to sign in order to have any chance of signing Pujols in the future.

Go CARDS!!!



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2010 7:36 pm
 

Cardinals close deal to bring back Matt Holliday

Albert has said that he wants to stay in St. Louis, and wants to do anything to win.  That includes giving up money to get more talent. Albert is perfectly happy with the 14.5 million he makes already.  He will never go to the Yankees just for a big contract, especially when the Cards have shown they will pony up the dough for the superstars they really want.



Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2010 7:20 pm
 

Cardinals close deal to bring back Matt Holliday

The Cardinals have won the Central for the next seven years



Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2010 7:13 pm
 

Cardinals close deal to bring back Matt Holliday

how are they gonna pay albert pujols now?



Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2010 7:09 pm
 

Cardinals close deal to bring back Matt Holliday

Lets hope he is worth it. Living in missouri he brought great joy and hope last season to many but let some of us down in the playoffs. This is his shot at redemption for his error against the Dodgers.


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