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Holliday's offer from the Cardinals is north of $100 million

Dec 30, 2009, 4:34 PM EDT

Buster Olney tweets that Matt Holliday’s offer from the Cardinals exceeds $100 million.

We’ve been hearing more in the $80 million range for offers. With Bay signing and no sign of other serious offers, I can’t really imagine that the Cardinals have actually upped their offer in terms of guaranteed money, so this has to include money in option years, right?

Either way, one gets the sense that Boras wants to be able to tell people that he got his marquee client $100 million, so maybe no one really cares. 

Holliday signs with St. Louis in the next 48 hours, right?

  1. Paul - Dec 30, 2009 at 5:13 PM

    100 million dollars, or $100 million, but not both.

  2. APBA Guy - Dec 30, 2009 at 5:14 PM

    Hmmm. I wonder if the Cards ownership is ready to be compared to Tom Hicks? Bid against yourself at your peril.

  3. YANKEES1996 - Dec 30, 2009 at 5:56 PM

    This cannot be, could it? Has Scott Boras talked the Cardinals into paying $100 million for someone that is not worth it? St.Louis have you been reading the press releases that are coming directly from his office? STOP THE MADNESS!!!!!

  4. JE - Dec 30, 2009 at 5:59 PM

    I don’t disagree with you, Craig, but when we consider that Bay will likely receive $80M ($16M per season for five years, assuming that his option vests), a $108M ($18M per for six) or $102M ($17M per for six) for the better outfielder hardly seems unreasonable.

  5. stoney curtis - Dec 30, 2009 at 7:22 PM

    I’m not sure Hal is the better outfielder. Not in 2009 anyway.

  6. Baseball10 - Dec 30, 2009 at 7:28 PM

    Don’t let the Yankees off the hook. They bid against themselves like it’s a hobby.
    Sabathia had a hesitation about going to NY, so the Yankees bid 60 million more than the nearest competitor.

  7. Yankee Addict - Dec 30, 2009 at 9:42 PM

    The Yankees should offer a one year deal to Holliday at 20 million. Holliday will be able to save face because he will be at a higher annual income than the Colorado offer. He would be playing for a contender, and he could re-enter the free agent market again next year and hope that the market is a sellers market. He might not get the security of a multi-year deal, but he would definitely get a trip to the World Series.

  8. Dismayed Cards Fan - Dec 30, 2009 at 9:42 PM

    I could not believe it when I read this headline. Holliday and Boras need to be ridden out of St. Louis on a rail. We got him in a losing deal to give the team a decent shot of getting to the post-season. We got there, but the pennant run was aborted in Game 1 by a strike out and a bone-headed dropped ball by none other than Matt Holliday (he tried to catch with his eyes closed!!). After McGwire, we are used to being duped by our players, but we never forget their misdeeds. Move on, Matt.

  9. Paul's Mom - Dec 30, 2009 at 10:15 PM

    Get a life….

  10. Terry - Dec 30, 2009 at 11:41 PM

    Why I don’t go to major league games anymore? Try these posts. I am a certified old fart but even non COFs should be able to see how absurd all this is.
    $20,000,000 a year to play baseball?
    BTW – I haven’t forgiven mlb for the strike 15 years ago, the biggest reason for that being that they never said they were sorry – because they are not. They know that there are enough suckers out there who will pay the outrageous ticket prices to watch these clowns.
    Give me a 16 ounce $2 brewski and a chair and I’ll go to town this spring and watch High School Baseball or maybe college. MLB? Forget it.

  11. Yankee Addict - Dec 31, 2009 at 8:41 AM

    Reply to COF Terry:
    Would you rather the owners just pocket the money they are making on the game? If MLB teams are bringing in millions of dollars per year shouldn’t the players get their shares? If the addition of Matt Holliday would increase a team’s revenues by 25 million a year, wouldn’t it be a wise business move to pay Holliday 20 and pocket the other 5? Markets are based on supply and demand. If the market drives up the price of a player it means that there are teams that believe the player is worth the increase.
    As far as the prices at the ballparks:
    I live in Indiana. We do not have a professional team. Our closest teams are the Cub, White Sox, Red, Indians, and Cardinals. Even those teams are too far away for me to watch live even occasionally. My MLB experience is thus almost exclusively via television. I could give a rat’s ass what they charge at the ballpark, but if teams can charge high rates and still fill the seats, what in the world would motivate them to lower prices other than low attendance? If guys like you want to avoid the ballparks because it is too expensive, it will not matter as long as there are others who are willing to pay the price. Don’t be sour over baseball because your financial planning for retirement was piss poor. If you truly love baseball take it as it comes and do not begrudge a player that is trying to make the most money from his talent.

  12. robert bock - Jan 1, 2010 at 9:07 PM

    bad deal l sure like mat he could have been awonderfull player for the cardials. but let go to much money for us old fans. bye !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO TO NEW YORK AND BE UN HAPPY.

  13. robert - Jan 1, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    what about albert? what is he making? mat would be good in left, albert on third, ankiel on first,or may be ankiel on third and albert on first. HOW ABOUT THAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. O'Doyle Rules!! - Jan 1, 2010 at 11:09 PM

    Reply to Yankee Addict: wtf? That’s a lousy attitude to have. You said you’re from Indiana? How in the world are you possibly a Yankee fan? And who gives a crap about your brainwashed, university thought process about market forces. Facts are facts: the average American family struggles to go to a ballgame. College & high school is more realistic. Go drink your wine with your pinky finger up, you snob!!

  15. keith jackson - Jan 3, 2010 at 1:35 AM

    Are you drunk? Have you notice teams are not beating down the doors for Rick Ankiel! He can’t hit an off speed pitch for the life of him! He was a good story back in ’08 but he has been reduced to nothing more than an ok outfielder with a strong arm!

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