Posted on: January 19, 2010 11:11 am
Earlier this offseason, Albert Pujols said the Cardinals should first address Matt Holliday before turning attention to his deal. However, the St. Louis Post-Dispach reports that Pujols' stance has changed slightly.
The three-time NL Most Valuable Player insists he remains in no hurry to discuss a long-term contract extension and is open to the possibility of pursuing free agency after the 2011 season.
Pujols said, "Right now, we've got a couple years. I don't need to worry about that right now. Right now, my job is to let my agent do the talking. We're open to talking about it. But I tell you: When the season starts, we're not talking about it."
Posted on: January 8, 2010 11:04 am
Now that the Cardinals have locked up Matt Holliday, they may add a third baseman, or a fifth starter, or help for their bullpen or bench however the club may soon look to re-sign Albert Pujols, according to MLB.com.
"I would say in the not-too-distant future," said the team's principal owner, Bill DeWitt Jr. "He does have two years left, so it's not like he's about to enter Spring Training in his last year. I think the pace will be dictated somewhat by how he feels about it, how he sees things shaping up, and his representatives."
Pujols has indicated that they should complete the deal with Holliday before moving on to his negotiations.
GM John Mozeliak said, "It's going to be something that Albert and his agents and I, we'll know when the time is right. Frankly, when it is right, nobody is going to know about it anyway. It's just going to be something that we would privately want to discuss."
Posted on: January 5, 2010 11:24 am
From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch :
Amid growing signs that the Cardinals and free-agent left fielder Matt Holliday were on the brink of a franchise-record contract to keep the former batting champion in St. Louis, manager Tony La Russa acknowledged Monday that any deal should be finalized sometime this week.
GM John Mozeliak did not discuss specifics of a potential deal, but the sides apparently have agreed on the number of years while narrowing their financial differences.
Posted on: January 4, 2010 11:55 am
The Cardinals, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , remained in negotiations with Matt Holliday’s agent on a long-term contract that is expected to be the largest ever finalized by the Cardinals.
Discussions paused over the holidays but have resumed over the weekend and there could be resolution as early as this week.“We’re getting ready to move,” Manager Tony La Russa told the Post-Dispatch. “I know they’ve been talking a lot with Matt. I know we have a really smart Plan B. … (It) could be on Plan A, or it could be our Plan B. The point is, we’re not going to get stuck.”
Posted on: December 29, 2009 11:30 am
The Yankees have been searching for outfield help, but the New York Daily News reports that because they missed out on Mark DeRosa does not mean the club will seek expensive options (like Matt Holliday or Jason Bay).
A Yankee official told the Daily News (before the DeRosa deal was made), "No chance on Matt Holliday, no chance on Jason Bay.... Zero. None. Underline it."
The Yankees are thinking of much cheaper free agent optionslike former Blue Jay and Cub Reed Johnson or Jerry Hairston Jr. Or, Brett Gardner could have a chance to compete for a role there. They will also troll the trade market.
Posted on: December 29, 2009 11:18 am
According to multiple reports, Mark DeRosa has agreed to a two-year deal with the Giants, leaving the Cardinals with no Plan B if they fail to re-sign Matt Holliday.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Cardinals GM John Mozeliak has kept in constant contact with a few free agents. He declined to identify them, but the Cardinals are known to have interest in Felipe Lopez, a switch-hitting infielder.
In addition, the Cardinals have also talked with agents about outfielders Xavier Nady and Jermaine Dye. Lopez and Nady, like Holliday and free-agent third baseman Adrian Beltre, are represented by Scott Boras.
Posted on: December 22, 2009 1:41 pm
Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald thinks, though unlikely, it's still possible that Jason Bay or matt Holliday could end up with the Red Sox.
There were indications from the Bay camp that talks were active. Also, The Angels are trying to trade Gary Matthews Jr., which could allow them to re-enter the Bay sweepstakes.
The Cardinals are known to have made a five-year offer on Holliday, who also is believed to have received a five-year offer from the Red Sox.
Posted on: December 18, 2009 11:48 am
After adding veteran starter Kevin Millwood in a trade with the Rangers and agreeing to terms with left-handed closer Mike Gonzalez and former Rockies 3B Garrett Atkins, team officials acknowledged that their next move probably won't come until 2010, as reported by the Baltimore .
The same report also notes that a team official denied reports that the Orioles are pursuing Matt Holliday and Adrian Gonzalez.