Matt Holliday Reportedly Receives Big Offer From Cardinals
According to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cards are in serious talks with a representative from Holliday's camp. The report states the deal is "believed to be" for around $15-$16 million per season for up to eight seasons. That means it's a contract in the neighborhood of $120 million. It's far short of what Scott Boras is asking for Holliday, but no one expected them to come close to his asking price anyway. The deal would be the biggest in St. Louis franchise city.
Holliday came to the Cardinals in a midseason trade from the Oakland A's. He had been struggling but found a resurgence with St. Louis -- hitting .353 with 13 home runs, 55 RBI and a 1.023 OPS in just 63 games. He was the final spark the Cardinals needed to propel themselves to the NL Central championship.
The interesting thing about this deal is that it would make Holliday higher paid than Pujols -- whose contract has a club option for the 2011 season before expiring. Still, could the Cardinals afford to sign Holliday to this deal and then drastically increase Pujols' salary after the 2011 season -- or before, in an attempt to keep him off the open market -- and still have enough money to put the needed parts around the two? They won't have to encounter this potential issue just yet, but it's something worth keeping an eye on.