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Where the Red Sox stand with Holliday

The Red Sox are still interested in Matt Holliday, according to ESPN's Buster Olney. But only at a deal that totalled less than what the Cardinals already have on the table.

That's not going to happen. Nobody expected Holliday's agent Scott Boras to take less to keep his client with the Cardinals. He's not going to accept less to lock Holliday into a longterm deal in one of the biggest media markets in the country.

That being said, the Red Sox could change their minds and rachet up the offer. But they are up against the salary tax threshold as it is. So just about anything they pay Holliday is going to have another 25 percent or so lumped on top of it...

Olney also notes that Mark DeRosa's asking price has come down considerably. Origianlly asking for $27 over three seasons, DeRosa's people are now asking for something similar to the $18 million for three years Placido Polanco got from Philadelphia.