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Cardinals 'have options' for life without Holliday

Nov 10, 2009, 3:03 PM EDT

Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals “have yet to present an offer to” Matt Holliday and “acknowledge it is virtually certain their former cleanup hitter will reach the open market.”
“We have to be prepared if we can’t sign him,” general manager John Mozeliak said. “We need to have other options to pursue. And we do. There are always options. If something we pursue with Matt falls through, we’re certainly going to re-evaluate where we stand.”
Mozeliak added that he doesn’t plan to get into a bidding war despite agent Scott Boras’ claims that Holliday should command something close to the eight-year, $180 million deal signed by Mark Teixeira last offseason. And he shouldn’t, because my guess is that Holliday ends up closer to $100 million than $180 million.
Strauss speculates that the usual suspects like the Yankees, Mets, Angels, and Red Sox will be in the mix for Holliday, but Adam Rubin of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets are unlikely to seriously pursue Holliday or Jason Bay at their expected asking prices and the Red Sox may only turn to Holliday if attempts to re-sign Bay fall through.

  1. Omega - Nov 10, 2009 at 5:35 PM

    as a Rockies fan, and to a lesser extent a Holliday fan, the Red Sox would be a ship of fools to pursue Holliday over Bay.
    Scott Boras is his own ship of fools unto himself if he thinks Holliday is worth Tiexeira type money. and Holliday is the first mate if he thinks Boras can get him that kind of money.

  2. Cole - Nov 10, 2009 at 6:26 PM

    I’ve followed Matt Holliday’s career from the beginning and to be honest although I think he’s very good, placing him in the same catagory as Tiexeria is stupid and no way is he worth 180 million (Boras should be black balled by the owners).
    However, I do think he would be a perfect fit for the Dodgers over Manny. Matt isn’t the greatest fielder as we all know, but he is better then Manny and the way Manny hit this year I’d give the edge to Matt in this area as well.

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