I really wish we could just move on from this Matt Holliday deal.
I said a couple of weeks ago that I believe there is about a 15 percent chance of the slugging outfielder re-signing with the Cardinals. And, while I really want to believe that this is going to be the off-season that the front office gets the job done and lands an impact player, in my heart of hearts I know that we are bound for disappointment when the Cardinals make a ridiculously low offer that relies on a Scott Boras client taking less than market value to play in St. Louis where we can't afford any other grade A players.
You know, I know, the Mets, Yankees, Red Sox and Cubs know, that ain't gonna happen.
Scott Boras. AP photo.
My optimism wasn't improved in the least with GM John Mozeliak's comments this morning. First, Mozeliak dismissed the comments of Boras when Boras publicly rejected the idea that the 3.34 million fan drawing Cardinals are a mid-market team by saying that he believed the contents of his discussion with Boras more than media reports.
Ah, the only blame it on the media tactic. Does anyone on the planet believe this is not what Boras said much less what he meant?
So it looks like Mo is going to play the "maybe if I ignore it, this will go away" card? Boras called the Redbirds out on their game playing. But it seems like fans are onto the front office's ways as much as the agents are. Nearly every single comment I have heard about this situation has been "I hate Boras, but I think he is right on this one."
Just another example of the Cardinals ignoring the reality of the market place.
The other thing Mozeliak said is that he plans, when he eventually gets around to making Holliday an offer, of making a proposal that offers little or no room for improvement.
Ah, players and high powered agents just fawn over low ball take it or leave it offers... That will probably work. Not. It will be very convenient when Boras reports the Cardinals offer (if they make one at all) to the Mets and the Yankees so they know what they have to top. After all, that's pretty much the gist of how he works clubs over.
The only question is will this go down like the Brian Fuentes fiasco (Make a low offer with tons of deferred money and then never speak to the player again just to let him know you really aren't interested), the A.J. Burnett joke of five years ago when Burnett's people told St. Louis they had a $55 million offer on the table from Toronto and the Cardinals held fast at $30 million then had the audacity to scratch their heads and wonder aloud how they fell short when they were so competitive), or their usual M.O.: (talking big in the press about players but never actually making a concrete offer)?
It is a joke that the Birds haven't taken advantage of their exclusive negotiating period to at least make a legitimate, concrete offer to retain Holliday. Now he is ready to hit the open market and it is going to be over for St. Louis before it starts.
It's ridiculous and stupid that players make more than $100 million to hit, throw and catch a ball. But, that being said, this is the collective bargaining agreement that the owners ratified, so they need to live with the market realities that they have created. And, as long as they are raking in huge cash from the 3.34 million people who spun the turnstiles in 2009, the Cardinals owe it to their fan base to reinvest that money in the team.