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La Russa (still) wants a slugger

Manager Tony La Russa told that he expects the Cardinals front office to go out and get a slugger to protect Albert Pujols in the batting order.

He told Matthew Leach that the Cardinals both have the money and the trading chips they need to get a deal done. And he hinted his preference is Oakland slugger Matt Holliday, who the team reportedly was close to acquiring from Colorado over the winter before the deal fell through.

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La Russa was interested more than anything last off season in a slugger, and he seems to have been proven correct as the Cardinals struggle to push across runs and Pujols racks up the intentional walks.