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Cards offer to Holliday under $18 mil. per season

Dec 12, 2009, 10:10 AM EDT

Yesterday we heard that the Cardinals tendered a formal contract offer to free agent outfielder Matt Holliday.
Though no specific terms were mentioned at the time, this morning Joe
Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch cites ‘a source familiar with
the process’ as saying
the offer did not top $18 million per season.
This is notable because Holliday and agent Scott Boras turned down a
similar salary amount with the Rockies during the 2008 season.

The Cardinals hope to hear a
response from Holliday’s camp early next week, but they will almost
surely decline. This week in Indianapolis, Boras continued to compare
Holliday’s value to that of Mark Teixeira — you know, the guy that
signed an eight-year, $180 million contract with the Yankees last
December. The sooner Holliday says no, perhaps the sooner “Plan B” can begin.

  1. Shely - Dec 12, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Well, it seems that Boras is predictable. Now Holliday can go to the Yankees or Beantown or anywhere else. At least the redbirds won’t get him. I think the Dewitts are too cheap to pay more than that. Remember, they are from Cincy, and we know them well.

  2. Richard - Dec 12, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Assuming that he makes the 670 plate appearances he made this year, at $12 mill that’s $17,910 per and at $20 mil, that’s 29,850 per; either way WE lose.

  3. john pileggi - Dec 12, 2009 at 8:11 PM

    Something tells me this may be Boras’s Waterloo. It is hard to give Teixeira money to anyone if you are not the Yankees. And I do not think the Yankees are bidding.

  4. Tater7000 - Dec 12, 2009 at 9:16 PM

    No one would mistake Matt for a gold glover at a critical defensive position like first base like Tex. In fact if Holliday catches that chest high fly ball against the Dodgers,which I am sure he would tell you he should have caught, the Cardinals go back to St Louis even and have every chance to face philly. He is the only player available to protect Albert properly. If the bottom dollar is all that matters to him and not world championships which are definitely possible with this Cardinals team given the pitching they have online and down the road, then screw him, he doesn’t belong there anyway. He is from Oklahoma and ought to be able to afford something nice for his family for 18 million per.

  5. jeff - Dec 12, 2009 at 11:57 PM

    I agree. The yanks are the only ones willing to fork out Tex money/years. The Sox might go $20 mill per year but they won’t offer more than 4 years. I like Bay, but he isn’t worth the money he’s asking for while Holliday is a tremendously better fielder/hitter combo.

  6. long - Dec 13, 2009 at 12:06 AM

    Matt 18 million and playing with albert what more can you want.we will win without you come on man.

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