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Should Holliday learn from Damon?

Dec 19, 2009, 11:39 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for holliday_090827.jpgBernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that Matt Holliday should learn a lesson from Johnny Damon’s negotiations with the Yankees:

As this drags on, we can only wonder if or when the Cardinals will
withdraw from the Holliday auction and redirect their money to other
players. Will Holliday lose out in St. Louis because of the same
negotiating tactics that pushed the Yankees away from Damon?

It’s been reported that Holliday wants to stay in St. Louis. If that’s
the case, then when does he plan to take ownership of his career?

While Damon and Holliday share the
same agent, I see the two situations differently. The Yankees
were uncomfortable handing out a lucrative multi-year contract to a player who just
turned 36, while Holliday, the best player available this winter, doesn’t even turn 30 until January. As Albert Pujols weighs a contract extension, GM John Mozeliak needs this deal to get done. The Yankees didn’t.

On a
related note, this morning Buster Olney of wrote that Damon would be a perfect fit for the Cardinals.

  1. manasha - Dec 19, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Johnny Damon is an idiot. He blew his chance to stay with the team that he was best suited for.

  2. Strunk & White - Dec 19, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Mr. Short,
    Your use of (snip) is unprofessional and irritating to the reader. If you do not have the ability to write a transition, ask for help, get an education, or simply quit writing.

  3. D.J. Short - Dec 19, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Thanks for the feedback. Truth be told, the “snip” thing was more of an internal note to myself before I posted it. It was, however, posted erroneously. This is what happens when you are trying to shovel snow and blog at the same time. Dangerous combo. Anyhow, thanks for pointing it out.

  4. john pileggi - Dec 19, 2009 at 7:01 PM

    Would love to be a fly on the wall ofr Boras and Holliday chats. Boras has a hard time giving home town discounts.

  5. john pileggi - Dec 19, 2009 at 7:02 PM

    Question for Buster Olney: If you are the Mets, do you think about Damon, perhaps in lieu of Bay?

  6. Arendell - Dec 19, 2009 at 10:12 PM

    Both of these to greedy player need to look and see that most teams are not even kicking the tires on them. There agent is more after what he wants than what the player wants.( or is he). Either way if thay really want to stay there. Follow, (gulp) A_Rods action.. He walked into The front office and spoke HIS self for what he belived and wanted. Bang he hammered out the ruff deal and then let his agent finish it off. (crossing T’s and Doting the I’s). Ya, know there people to. Thay may be getting the wrong vib from your agent. like you do not really want to stay. there hearing his words not YOU!!
    If that is not enought. Remenber the story John Lackey’s agent just told. He took a month or more of speaking to Theo to make him understand that Lackey really did want to come play in Boston.

  7. Baie Acai - Jan 27, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    Age does play a big part in it.

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