If you're still in shock that the Cardinals doled out $17 million a year for seven years to Matt Holliday deal, maybe this will make you feel a little bit better.
The lavish deal seems like a bargain when compared to some of the contracts the Cubs have thrown around over the last few seasons. Here is a comparison of the teams' left fielders:
For $120 million over seven years the Cardinals get:
Matt Holliday .318BA 29HR 112RBI .387OBP .545SLG .922OPS
For $136 million the Cubs got:
Alfonso Soriano .278BA 36HR 93RBI .326OBP .510SLG .836OPS
In 2009 Soriano made the same annual salary as Albert Pujols -- $16 million. If Pujols' contract isn't modified before then, Soriano will make more in 2010. His contract was back-loaded, so he will make $18 million a year from 2010-14.
While Holliday isn't going to make anyone forget Willie Mays, Soriano is probably the worst outfielder in the game today. Still, his contract has a clause that would pay him $75,000 for each season in which he wins a Gold Glove.
For the record, Carlos Zambrano, whom the Cubs apparently are desperate to get rid of despite his full no-trade clause, also makes more than both Pujols and Holliday. He brought in $17.75 million in 2009 and is to make $17.85 million in 2010 and 2011, $18 million in 2012 and has a vesting option for $19.23 million in 2013.
Chicago third baseman Aramis Ramirez will make $15.75 million in 2010, just shy of the annual paycheck Pujols has made while earning three MVP awards.
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