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Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Matt Holliday Deal, Two Days After

Posted By on Sun, Jul 26, 2009 at 5:39 AM

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What does this mean to the fan base? Well, hopefully it means we'll stop hearing the constant cries of, "CHEAP!!!" from all quarters. If all that comes from this trade is never again having to read on a message board some idiot saying Jeff Luhnow is somehow running this team from behind the scenes and won't allow any of us precious faberge eggs to be dealt, or yet another diatribe from someone pissed off at Bill DeWitt because he's doing the exact same thing here he did in Texas, and the team will be up for sale just as soon as they can get that Pujols guy out of town, then honestly, this trade may actually be worth it. Hell, if we could even just manage to retire the phrase faberge eggs entirely, I might count this trade as a positive. What this means to the fan base is that no, Bill DeWitt was not lying when he said there would be room to add some salary if attendance stayed strong, that the Cardinals are, in fact, committed to winning, and John Mozeliak really is the General Manager. 

And finally, what does this mean for Albert Pujols? Well, remember earlier, when I told you what to do if someone started talking about resigning Holliday? That goes double for when you hear someone talking about how much this deal is going to affect Albert's decision as to whether or not to sign that new long-term deal we all so desperately want to see. Trust me, there's going to be a ton of that sort of talk, that since the Cardinals have now shown they are committed to winning, Albert's contract negotiations are going to be a mere formality. That isn't even remotely true. Don't get me wrong; I'm sure Albert was all kinds of in favour of this deal, and I'm sure he's happy to have a player of Holliday's caliber on board. But make no mistake: the huge dollars the Cardinals are going to have to hand Matt Holliday if they want to keep him will make it harder to resign Albert, not easier. 

In the end, I still don't particularly like this deal. I think the Cardinals gave up too much for a two month rental. That being said, seeing Matt Holliday's name in the Cardinal lineup between Pujols and Ludwick is one of the most exciting things I think I've ever seen in the game of baseball. I think this makes the Cards the favourites to win the division now, though not prohibitive favourites, and that makes me happy. Do I think this trade is going to bite us in the ass, the way the Mark Mulder deal did? Honestly, no. Hitters don't blow up like pitchers do; even with the pitcher Dan Haren has turned out to be, it wouldn't hurt nearly as much if Muldoo had been the guy the Cardinals thought they were trading for. Matt Holliday isn't as good as his Colorado numbers, but he's still one of the elite players in the game. 

So do I worry about the future? Yes. I absolutely do. But for the moment, I'm going to do something I never, ever do, and just enjoy the present. The rest of this season is going to be fun. 

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