Pogotheostrich wrote:The more I think about this, the more I don't like it. Giving up a cost controlled Wallace for 2 months or Holliday is a bad deal. Maybe it works out and Holliday is the difference this year but that doesn't make a it a good deal, it just means the Cards got lucky.
I pray to god they take that money coming off the books and sign Pujols to an extension. That should be the number one priority this offseason before going after Holliday or a 3B.
for what its worth...ah, ill just post the text. this is from Bernie Miklasz' forum
Strauss was just on Bernie's show and said he believes the Cardinals are very serious about extending Holliday to make him part of the team's core for the next five to six years.
Said on a scale of 1-10 about how serious they will try to make a push for him, he would put at ten and a half.
Said will try to lock him him maybe sometime in September after getting him in the clubhouse and being greeted by the fans.
Put that with DeWitt's words from a couple days ago and it is exciting for Holliday fans.
"We're not looking at this as a one-year deal, I assure you," DeWitt said.
"That remains to be seen," DeWitt said Saturday. "It's one of the risk elements of the deal. If we are unable to re-sign him, we will have received two months (from Holliday) for three prospects. That's the risk we take. It's what we've done before and it's worked out."
and Bernie actually posted this fwiw:
No one of any importance in the organization was comfortable with the idea of him playing third at the major-league level.
LF wasn't going to be the solution, either.
Given that he's a 1B and DH, he probably had less value to the Cardinals than most teams.
so it looks like he wasnt going to get a shot here because he was blocked and it does look like the cards are going to try to pull the McGwire/Edmonds/Rolen on Holliday so all isnt necessarily lost.
It hurts to lose Wallace but we have no idea how he is going to pan out (I hope he does, I was excited to see him play...but I was also excited about Daric Barton)
another thing we have going for us is Mark McGwire is apparently a mentor to him and is supposedly lobbying for him to stay here
then you have to take into account how miserable he was in Oakland (which apparently was a bad baseball environment...?) and hopefully he likes it here, but him resigning is far from certain.
Though I think if we offer arb at least we get picks