I don't know if it will make any difference. But it was encouraging to hear Matt Holliday tell ESPN Radio this morning that he would be willing to defer part of his paycheck if it would help the Cardinals re-sign Albert Pujols.
Holliday already defers $2 million a year. So I don't know how much more he could set aside. But it's good to see the players, at least on some level, think more about the good of the team than how many Ferraris they can buy at a time.
Ideally, Holliday and Pujols will the foundation on which the St. Louis offense rests for the next six or seven years. And both of their numbers will be better if they're back to back than they would be if they're paired with a lesser hitter.
Some people think the $120-million, seven-year deal Holliday signed a year ago is the main obstacle to the Birds inking Pujols to an extension. But I don't think there is any way Holliday should shoulder the blame if Pujols decides not to come back -- or if the Cardinals don't make an offer Albert can't refuse.
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The Redbirds should have had a pretty good idea about what it would take to keep Pujols when they signed Holliday. So if they try to use the "we can't afford them both" excuse, it shouldn't wash with Cardinals fans.
The master plan was for Pujols to be the straw that stirs the drink -- with Holliday and another complimentary slugger in the four and five holes of the batting order -- not for Holliday to be the main guy.