The latest on the Matt Holliday front this morning is a report from si.com that says while the Redbirds are still working with the slugging outfielder on a multi-year proposal, multiple teams are still involved in the dealing and nothing is imminent.
According to si.com:
There has been growing optimism for a deal with St. Louis over the past couple weeks, but there is still no guarantee one will be completed with Cardinals, who hope to keep Holliday as lineup protection for superstar Albert Pujols a role Holliday filled superbly in the second half last year. Meanwhile, there appears to be something of a cat-and-mouse game, as there are hints both camps could have other alternatives.
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Other bids of different lengths have been presented to Holliday, as well, by the Cardinals and other teams. Multiple teams are said to be still involved, but if so, the others have been extremely quiet. The Orioles are said by one person familiar with their thinking to be "laying in the weeds,'' but it's unknown whether Holliday would leave an established winner such as St. Louis to join a team like the Orioles, who while improving considerably are probably still in over their heads in the American League East. One report that Baltimore offered $130 million over eight years was called inaccurate by Orioles president Andy MacPhail.