Matt Holliday's bat has helped the Cardinals on the field. But it isn't doing the team's pocketbook any favors.
According to Yahoo Sports, Holliday's agent Scott Boras thinks it is going to take at least $75 million over five years to sign the slugging left fielder to a contract extension.
That's a huge chunk of change. But how can the Cardinals pass on a guy who has lit a fire under the team? They need Holliday to compliment slugger Albert Pujols -- and we still haven't seen how good Holliday and Pujols will be when the Cardinals first baseman gets his stroke back in shape.
By signing Holliday, the Cardinals put themselves in better position to make a longterm bid for Pujols. The big guy has said the most important things for him is to play for a winner. How can he argue the Birds aren't trying to win if they re-sign Holliday (and hopefully Mark DeRosa) while Yadier Molina, Adam Wainwright, Chris Carpenter and Colby Rasmus are already in the fold for years to come?
The only real question about re-signing Holliday is "what are you waiting for, Cardinals?" The closer Holliday gets to the market, the higher the price is going to go...