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Cardinals back on the eight-year contract plan for Holliday

The Cardinals haven't moved on the annual value of their offer to Matt Holliday, according to But they have offered to add years onto the deal...

The Birds would apparently rather pay Holliday $16 million a year for eight years than $18 million over five or six seasons.

I'm not sure if I agree with that philosophy. One or two million dollars isn't a large percentage of a major league payroll. At least not compared with the risk of paying a 38-year-old ballplayer $16 million.

And that sobering thought is why the Yankees ultimately are not in on Holliday. Say New York gives Holliday $18 million a year for six seasons to lure him away from St Louis. In 2015 they would be paying a 35-year-old Holliday $18 million, a 38-year-old Alex Rodriguez $20 million, a 34-year-old Mark Teixeira $22.5 million and a 34-year-old C.C. Sabathia $23 million. That's nearly $85 million for four very worn players.