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MaudDib wrote:Pujols came out and told the Cardinals not to worry about resigning him and to focus on getting Holliday resigned. Either this was under the table talk of "get me some help or I am out of here" or he is pretty certain to resign with the Cardinals. I also wouldn't be surprised if he takes a discount knowing that the more he gets paid the less help he gets.
With all due respect to Matt, Albert respects Matt and would love to have him as a teammate and hopes he gets his money, but Matt’s situation must be seen as independent of Albert’s,” said Pujols’ lead agent, Dan Lozano, of Beverly Hills Sports Council.
mlbtraderumors.com wrote:Yesterday we heard that the Cardinals were "working toward an agreement" with Matt Holliday. Talks are picking up and the Cards' offer is apparently considerable. Jon Heyman and Buster Olney suggested that the Cards have offered $100MM or more, Tracy Ringolsby heard that the Cards offered $140MM and Derrick Goold said the sides have even discussed an eight-year deal.
One team that won't be interested at that level: the Orioles. Team president Andy MacPhail told Jeff Zrebiec that there is no validity to Ringolsby's report of a $130MM offer.
Today, John Tomase of the Boston Herald reports that Holliday and agent Scott Boras asked for a deal worth $170MM when the Red Sox offered $85MM back in early December. That's Mark Teixeira territory, so the Red Sox moved on.
Sources indicated the sides have discussed several structures, including a five-year guaranteed deal and an eight-year framework. The average annual salary would be higher in the shorter deal.
mlbtraderumors.com wrote:5:20pm: Holliday is currently talking about the deal on ESPN Radio, and MLB.com's Matthew Leach tweets that Holliday "indicated" that the contract may include a team option for 2017.
5:00pm: SI.com's Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals and Holliday have finalized a seven-year, $120MM contract. Heyman says the deal includes a full no-trade clause. Holliday falls short of the $18MM average salary he reportedly sought, but this contract is a huge win for Boras given the lack of competition.
StlSluggers wrote:Holliday to Cards
Update the thread title, yo.mlbtraderumors.com wrote:this contract is a huge win for Boras given the lack of competition.
this.StlSluggers wrote:If I have to choose one of those groups, I want the players getting as much money as possible.
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