I'm getting really tired about the speculation from the national media regarding the Cardinals ability to sign Matt Holliday and Mark DeRosa.
No one has been more (rationally) critical than me over the last two seasons about the Cardinals' recent penny pinching ways. And I have often wondered if the team was committed to sign Holliday to the sort of contract it would take to keep him. But the assertion that the Birds can't afford Holliday is absolutely ridiculous.
ESPN's Buster Olney writes:
Why Holliday could end up a rental
Friday, September 11, 2009 | Feedback | Print Entry
The St. Louis ownership seemed to respond, trading for Mark DeRosa and Matt Holliday and expanding the payroll by about $6 million -- St. Louis got payroll relief of about $1.7 million from Oakland in the Holliday trade -- and helping to turn the Cardinals from contenders to what appears, right now, to be the best team in the National League. The Cardinals' midsummer spending spree doesn't mean, however, that the team's ownership is ready to paint outside the usual financial lines. Even if St. Louis wins the World Series, the Cardinals are not apt to pop up with a $120 million payroll next year; it's just not in the club's financial DNA.