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UPDATE: The Orioles have not offered Matt Holliday $130 million

Dec 30, 2009, 2:56 PM EDT

UPDATE: “Andy MacPhail vehemently denied a report today from that said the club had made an 8-year, $130 million offer to free-agent outfielder Matt Holliday.”  Buster Olney‘s source: “The story is not accurate in any respect.”

Ahem. I wonder if someone, say, an agent known for trying to create the perception of high demand for his clients, had anything to do with getting that little nugget out there?

2:54 P.M.: Following up on yesterday’s stuff about the Cardinals’ optimism regarding Matt Holliday comes word from FOX’s Tracy Ringolsby that the Orioles, who had previously been sniffing around Holliday, could be more serious players than we first thought:

Baltimore, meanwhile, did make an eight-year, $130 million offer to
Holliday, and general manager Andy MacPhail did discuss the possibility
of arranging a meeting between himself, Orioles owner Peter Angelos and
Holliday in Austin, Tex., where Holliday is living in the offseason.

$130 million over eight years is $16.25 million a year. That’s way more playable than I think anyone had assumed Baltimore’s offer to be, and certainly looks a lot nicer a few weeks deeper into the offseason.  I would assume that, like the Cardinals’ offer, which is reportedly in the $15-16 million range, some of those years are all vesty and optiony.

But if there’s any movement on that — say, one extra guaranteed year or some easing up on the rigor of the vesting — Holliday could easily wind up in Baltimore instead of St. Louis.  And the fact that the Orioles are willing to talk to Holliday about this some more suggests that there could be movement.

  1. stargatebabe - Dec 30, 2009 at 2:52 PM

    Good! Let him go back to the American League and fall flat on his face! Have fun, Mutt……er Matt!

  2. J Winkelmann - Dec 30, 2009 at 2:57 PM

    Here is one fact that I think everyone is missing on Holliday. Holliday has made many fiends in St. Louis. He has said before, like everyone else in the MLB, St. Louis is a great place to come to play for, but also to play in as the visting team.
    Moreover, I think he will also take into strong consideration of chances of winning that World Series title. His chances are much stonger with St.Louis than they are with Baltimore. Plus, after he wins the title, he maybe on of those players that decides to retire on top.
    With McGuire now the St. Louis hitting coach, Holliday can improve his bat with the help of people like him. Many have started to look at the Cardinals next year as a top team and yes, some people speculate that he used performance inhancing drugs, but either way, he is now teaching no one can deny he know how to hit.
    I will not deny this will not be an easy decision, but money is not always the answer if you are from St. Louis. Case and Point, Big Albert. He took a pay cut so they could bring in some great tallent to the team, and that is what they did.

  3. Old Gator - Dec 30, 2009 at 2:58 PM

    Oh, he’d do just fine in the American League, as long as he stays clear of the bay and doesn’t get himself infected with Pfiesteria piscicidia or some other chickenshit local plague. But the team? I suspect that all Holliday would do for the Orioles in their current configuration was make them a more formidable contender for last place than the Toronto Feather Lice thought they had to face already. Think Norm Cash on those late Senators and early Minnesota teams that hit a ton and always managed to finish last (or for that matter the Hiroshima Toyo Carp).

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

    Scott Boras must be at it again, I cannot see Peter Angelos giving his authorization to spend that kind of money for that many years on ONE player. Angelos is one of the tightest owners in MLB and has been doing nothing but tearing the Orioles down for years. Besides, if he has decided to spend that kind of money he should wait til next year and sign several high caliber players, what’s one more losing season?

  5. stargatebabe - Dec 30, 2009 at 3:24 PM

    Thanks for the update, Craig! I should have known it was probably Boras, playing his crappy games again.
    Lord I dislike that man!

  6. Eat a Peach - Dec 30, 2009 at 3:35 PM

    Negotiating with Scott Boras is like climbing into the Iron Maiden.

  7. Alexo - Dec 30, 2009 at 3:46 PM

    Tracy Ringolsby is a tool. A Jon Heyman wannabe. Except when covering the Rockies. He seems to have many inside connections there.

  8. stargatebabe - Dec 30, 2009 at 3:52 PM

    That’s about what I feel like – thanks!

  9. GTisMe - Dec 30, 2009 at 4:57 PM

    Who knows if its true or not. First of all, Angelos DID offer Texiera 8 years and 140 million just last year, and got outbid by that New York team who buys championships with Cable contract money.
    Secondly, McPhail is just as apt to lie as any other GM in negotiations. And just as able to lie as Boras.
    Lastly, this Orioles team is better than you think. Weiters, Adam Jones, Markakis, Brian Roberts, pretty good on the O’ and Matusz and Tillman could be stars next year. Add a Bedard or someone of his ilk and I am starting to see a possible Devil Ray type of team next year.
    The O’s have made some great trades(see Bedard) and had a good batch of draft picks recently. We’ll see what happens.

  10. XTrust_No1X - Dec 30, 2009 at 5:40 PM

    got outbid by that New York team who buys championships with Cable contract money. ….
    Whew…The jealousy oozes out of every orifice of your body, heh? Must be a Mutt’s or Redsux fan, and as far as the Orioles having a good team and possibly be another Devil Rays one hit wonder….I want to know just one thing, What are you smoking? cause it sounds like you got your hands on some Northern Lights kinda of weed. It has to be after making a statement like that.

  11. GTisMe - Dec 31, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Not a Mutts or RedSux fan, those 2 teams are right there with ya on the Cable contract unfair advantage wagon.
    And its not about jealousy, its about fact. The Yankees make the playoffs every year because they have more money and thats the only reason. Hell, if they were actually run competently you’d win every year instead of once every 8. Its most certainly not because of your horrible farm system. And its “eh?” Not “heh?” stupid.
    I wish I had some of that Northern lights stuff you mention, but I just have to make predictions based on the talent I see, and the O’s have good talent. And they do at least try to spend some money, unlike my team who has money to spend but the owner is a friggin profiteering a-hole who could care less about the on field product and lives off of the luxury tax fund from your team.
    Baseball is the 3rd place sport in every region but the Northeast for a reason, and that reason is obvious.

  12. KeepItUp - Dec 31, 2009 at 11:09 PM

    Sooner or later some of these teams are going to reach the limit on spending and be stuck with long term contracts for under performing players. This is actually happening now for some of the east coast teams but they keep pouring good money after bad. Good. That way when these free spending teams crap out the rest of MLB can keep their players at more reasonable salarys.

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