While the Mets may be interested in Matt Holliday, ESPN reports that the Cardinals apparently don't take the threat seriously.
According to ESPN.com:
The Mets are monitoring the Matt Holliday negotiations, but are not actively involved, and it could be that talks for the outfielder are out of their price range.
The St. Louis Cardinals have an offer on the table to Holliday, widely believed within the industry to be for something in the range of five years and $80 million.
Internally, the Cardinals have expressed doubt about whether any team is going to be willing to make an offer at that level to Holliday, and it's unclear whether there will be major movement to St. Louis' offer.
There is a lot of discrepancy between the rumored numbers the Cardinals have on the table for Holliday. It's hard to tell if there are two different offers out, if there is one offer that has been spun different ways (a five-year deal with options to make it up to eight years) or just general inaccuracy.
That makes it hard to tell how serious the Cardinals are in their negotiations. Are they maxed out and hoping that no one will beat their offer? Or are they actively working with Holliday's people trying to get a deal done?