Buzz: Cardinals and Holliday talk 6-yr Deal

Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said in a chat yesterday that the Cardinals and Matt Holliday have discussed a six-year, $96 million contract.

hat tip to MLB Trade Rumors for finding the link

look, the Cardinals are going to work to re-sign holliday… obviously… he’s an awesome player, he did well there, they even hired Mark McGwire, his off-season hitting instructor, to be their batting coach, and what better way to show Albert Pujols how serious they are than to bring back holliday, who they traded top prospects to get… the thing is, holliday can and will likely get more than a six-year, $96 million deal… especially if the Yankees, Red Sox, Braves, Angels and Mets are legitimately roaming around the market place…

…i had one agent predict to me that holliday will sign a seven-year deal, and he’ll likely get a full no-trade clause… he compared holliday’s position in the market place to where Carlos Beltran was in 2005, when he got a seven-year, $119 million deal from the Mets… he believes most teams will prefer to give a five-year deal, there will be talk of an option, but, in the end, boras will get the seventh year for his client, and he will sign with whomever guarantees it… in fact, the agent said he feels holliday will get a very similar deal to what beltran signed years ago, i.e., seven years, $17 million per season…

Last month, in a post to his blog for Newsday, Ken Davidoff said Holliday’s first choice is to sign with the Yankees, followed by the Mets.

Holliday hit .353 with a .419 OBP, 13 home runs, 16 doubles and 55 RBI in 63 games batting behind Pujols this season, after being acquired by the Cardinals from the A’s in June.

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