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Holliday vs. Bay -- in hindsight

Mets outfielder Jason Bay said he believes his 2010 season is over after being disabled since late July with post concussion syndrome. So that inspired me to take a look at the 2010 seasons of the two biggest free agent bats available in the 2009-10 off-season, Bay and Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday.

There were those who thought the Cardinals were foolish to sign Matt Holliday to a seven-year, $120-million deal when they could have had Bay for much cheaper -- four years at $66 million. But the Cardinals maintained that they were never interested in the former Red Sox and Pirates slugger. Did they have a crystal ball?

With Bay's year done and Holliday in the home stretch, here's how they stack up.

Holliday    .307BA, 26HR, 94RBI, 85R, 42DB, 87K, 56BB .378OBP, .533SLG

Bay           .259BA,  6HR, 47RBI, 48R, 20DB, 91K, 44BB, .347OBP, .402SLG

While neither was a particular bargain, it would have been a complete disaster for the Cardinals in 2010 to get six homers and 47 RBIs from their cleanup man. Especially when Bay makes almost as much a year as Holliday.