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Holliday's contract not all that unusual

Shocked by the revelation that the Cardinals will be paying Matt Holliday until 2029 because of deferred money in his new, $120-million contract?

You shouldn't be. This is nothing new for the Redbirds.

They'll start paying Jim Edmonds deferred money this off-season from his last contract in St. Louis signed shortly after the end of the 2006 World Series. The checks will keep on coming until 2019 even though Edmonds hasn't played for the Birds since 2007.

The Cardinals will pay Scott Rolen a $4 million bonus this year that was part of the eight-year. $90 million contract he signed with the team in 2003.

That little nest egg is what allowed Rolen to renegotiate his contract with the Reds and former St. Louis GM Walt Jocketty this off-season.

Rolen was to collect $11 million this season. Instead the Reds negotiated an extension that will pay the third baseman $6 million in 201 and $6.5 million in 2011 and 2012. He'll get a $5 million bonus as part of the deal that will be spread over three years with no interest.