ESPN's Buster Olney thinks that Matt Holliday will be on the market sooner or later, with later being as a free agent at the end up the upcoming season if Oakland makes a playoff run. Sooner could come if the Athletics are out of the running in July when they could jettison the star slugging outfielder for prospects.
Either way, Olney doesn't think the Cardinals are going to be players for Holliday's services.
Olney says he thinks the Redbirds won't be able to afford Holliday because 2009 figures to be the first season in years that 3 million fans don't walk through the gates at Busch Stadium.
I tend to agree with his conclusion -- but not his thought process.
The Cardinals wouldn't want to spend the money it would take to sign Holliday even if they drew 3.5 million fans in 2009. They just aren't willing to spend for key players. Especially on the open market.
If the Redbirds wanted Holliday on their roster, GM John Mozeliak had the chance to land him early in the offseason but turned down the trade. The only hope was to get him into a red uniform and hope he loved it in St. Louis so much that he would sign an extension to play there for less.