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Alternatives to Holliday?

If the Cardinals are unable to sign Matt Holliday to a free agent contract, a couple of interesting trade possibilities are emerging.

For those who are long-time readers, they might remember that before all I talked about was how much I wanted to see Matt Holliday in a Cardinals uniform I used to talk about how much I would like to see Miguel Cabrera in red.

I changed targets when Cabrera was traded to and then signed a longterm contract with the Tigers. But now it seems that Detroit hopes to cut some payroll and the $152-million deal they gave the former Marlin doesn't sound like such a good idea.

Cabrera's deal escalates from $15 million in 2009 to $20 million in 2010 and 2011, $21 million in 2012 and 2013 and $22 million in 2014 and 2015, so it is going to probably take at least $5 million a year from the Tigers to make the money work. But Cabrera is a .311 career hitter who averages 33 homers a season with 117 RBIs.

I believe Cabrera and Albert Pujols are buddies, which should only add to the Cardinals' chemistry and, at 26, he is three years younger than Matt Holliday.

Who would the Cardinals give up to make the deal happen? Well, How about the new Brett Wallace. Class AAA slugger Allen Craig is another good hitter with no place to play in the National League...

If that doesn't work, what about Cabrera's former teammate, Dan Uggla?

Uggla is reportedly on the block as the Marlins try to cut payroll. He's not the high average hitter that Holliday and Cabrera are, hitting .257 for his career...  But he averages 32 homers as a second baseman. Either he could learn to play the outfield and move to left field, or else the Cardinals could take the easy way out and move Skip Schumaker back to the outfield while leaving Uggla where he is most comfortable.

He would at least give the birds some extra pop down in the order. But it is doubtful that Uggla would adequately fill the cleanup spot in the Cardinals batting order... He made $5.35 million last year and it is hard to predict what he would get in arbitration for 2010 since he hit a weak .243 last season, although it was with power.