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UPDATE: Cards reportedly offer Holliday 8-year deal

Dec 29, 2009, 10:13 PM EDT

UPDATE: is reporting that the Cardinals have offered Matt Holliday an 8-year contract for about $16 million per season.

The story also speculates that if a mystery team were to enter the Holliday mix it could be the Seattle Mariners.


ESPN’s Buster Olney is reporting that the St. Louis Cardinals are becoming increasingly optimistic that they can sign outfielder Matt Holliday. And rightly so.

After Holliday rejected early offers from both the Cardinals (reportedly five years, $80 million) and Red Sox (five year, $82.5 million), the market has dried up.

The Red Sox gave their money to John Lackey and Mike Cameron and are now flirting with Adrian Beltre. The Yankees have said they’re standing pat. Another potential big spender, the Mets, just reached a deal with Jason Bay.

Olney writes that Boras is now “doubling back to teams that had previously expressed interest in Holliday,” and that the asking price is dropping.

There had been talk earlier in the offseason that Holliday was seeking a deal in excess of $100 million over five years, but his price has been coming down markedly. The Bay signing averages $16.5 million per season, and sources say Holliday’s representatives are now asking teams for about $18 million a year.

There is no doubt Holliday is a great hitter and a solid defender (never mind his playoff gaffe). As Aaron wrote earlier, he’s a better all-around player than Bay. At the new asking price, I wonder if some new teams might jump into the mix, especially NL teams tired of being terrorized by Holliday over the last six years.

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  1. VoiceofYankeeFanboy - Dec 29, 2009 at 10:40 PM

    Cash isn’t gonna sign Holliday because we’re gonna sign Carl Crawford (who’s a young Willie Mays)

  2. metsstem - Dec 29, 2009 at 10:58 PM

    I think the Mets should get Leo Mazzone. I also think they should sign Sheets, Bedard, Mike Jacobs and Joe Beimel.
    I like Santos and Thole behind the plate with a pitching coach like Mazzone. But with Warthen, you may need a Molina type. Warthen has a long way to go to get to Mazzone status. He recently said he wants to get back into coaching.

  3. seth - Dec 29, 2009 at 11:21 PM

    holliday needs to get rid of boras so he can just do the right thing and sign in st. louis where he will hit in a great lineup and play for the best fans in baseball

  4. VoiceofYankeeFanboy - Dec 29, 2009 at 11:26 PM

    The Yankees are gonna sign Carl Crawford next year, the biggest thing to come out of Texas since George Bush.

  5. get it right please! - Dec 30, 2009 at 12:41 AM

    there are 30 teams in baseball, who all have a fanbase, it’s rather HUBRIS of Cardinals fans to call themselves THE BEST FANS!

  6. Seriously? - Dec 30, 2009 at 1:14 AM

    Not that this is an original argument, but you’re telling me $16 million a year isn’t enough for a guy and his family to get by on? No wonder it costs $200 to take your family to a game in seats where you can barely see what’s going on.

  7. renliqin04 - Dec 30, 2009 at 2:35 AM

    First of all, single family financial need to have had some savings. For example, the list of living expenses, protection scheme, financial investment in three categories, as well as short-term plans and long-term plans. According to its own from the bank, insurance and other financial institutions, consulting to the situation, the needs will be the first to make budgetary spending. Vision received monthly wages, stay out of their daily expenses and some proper cash flow, how much money can be saved or invested the rest. Then, the general assets can be divided into five copies, respectively, investment bonds, insurance, stocks.

  8. Pitchers Hit Eighth - Dec 30, 2009 at 2:42 AM

    I still don’t believe that the Cards are offering a guaranteed 8 years.
    I’m certain that I can be proven wrong, but 5 guaranteed with vesting options and/or a buy-out at that point but a “total” of 8 years possible seems more likely.
    Doesn’t make a lot of sense to increase the already best offer on the table, unless Boras is working his voodoo again…

  9. CK Dexter Haven - Dec 30, 2009 at 2:57 AM

    How many players are worth $16 Million per year at age 40?

  10. Ron - Dec 30, 2009 at 3:11 AM

    “get it right please!
    there are 30 teams in baseball, who all have a fanbase, it’s rather HUBRIS of Cardinals fans to call themselves THE BEST FANS”
    Hubris is a noun, not an adjective. Let’s get it right, please.

  11. stargatebabe - Dec 30, 2009 at 7:46 AM

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I sure don’t want that money-hungry, egotistical, can’t-make-a-catch idiot in STL for 8 freaking years! UGH!

  12. phillyphan - Dec 30, 2009 at 8:46 AM

    mets still suck

  13. Gary - Dec 30, 2009 at 9:12 AM

    Holiday should have stayed in Colorado, Rockies offered him $18 mill a yr for 4 years..

  14. P.J. - Dec 30, 2009 at 9:37 AM

    Seth is correct. Matt should sign with the Cards @ $16+ a year for as long as he can get from them (6-8 yrs) and then be happy that he is playing in front of the maybe the best fans in baseball. Why squeeze the last bit of juice out of baseball so that Boras can prove he is the best agent. Check the testasterone at the door-sign and get ready for Spring in Florida. These guys are holding out for crazy amounts of money as the working class families pay the bills. What would Mays, Aaron, Mantle, Musial, Koufax,and Bob Gibson get in today’s marketplace? Can you say part owner!!!

  15. Shely - Dec 30, 2009 at 10:09 AM

    Hey get it right. Why do the fans in Beantown or NYC or Phily get to call themselves the best or second best etc. etc.. To me the most ridic boast ever, is that the Red Sox are the second best team in baseball history, because the lost to the Yankees so many times. Only morons will go with that one. Or the Sox lose so magnificantly, they are the best. Can you believe that one? In Cinti., we have only one boast.

  16. Verno - Dec 30, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Get it right: But if you talk to the players in the league they will also tell you the Cards have the best fans, and the nicest fans.

  17. Jimmy - Dec 30, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Best thing to come out of Texas since George Bush? Not sure if that’s the best of selling points, but I also hope the Yankees save their loot for Crawford. He would be the perfect Yankee.

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  21. YANKEES1996 - Dec 30, 2009 at 3:33 PM

    Just cannot see Holliday or Bay being worth the money that they are getting or being rumored to be getting. There are reasons that the big free agent players did not roll out the large contracts for these guys, I guess the smaller teams are overlooking the things that the big teams were worried about!

  22. Lynn Steadham - Feb 17, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    Diplomacy is the art of saying “nice doggy” until you can find a rock.

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