I wonder how many people will hold on to the idea that the Cardinals paid too much for Matt Holliday now that Shin-Soo Choo has landed a $130-million contract.
Holliday, who joined the Cardinals at age 30 and then began a $116-million, seven-year pact in his age 31 season, was a .318 hitter at the time who averaged 25 homers, 96 runs and 99 RBIs a season at the time he was signed. (Since then he's a .301 batter who averages 25 homers, 94 runs and 94 batted in a season.)
Choo, who will be in his age 31 season next year, is a .285 hitter who averages 12 homers, 55 runs and 47 batted in. While Holliday isn't known for his glove, Choo isn't a great fielder either.
Still, the Texas Rangers beat out the New York Yankees in a bidding war that pays Choo almost an entire season worth of Holliday's pay in the same length of contract. It boggles the mind.
While I don't think Choo is anywhere near the player Holliday is, it's good to see him taken out of the Reds' mix. Choo was their spark at the top of the order. And maybe Cincinnati would have liked to keep him if it could have shed Brandon Phillips' contract.
While the Redbirds have addressed all of their pressing offseason needs, the Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates really haven't been able to do much of anything because of financial reasons.
Cincinnati has lost Choo and seems like it will likely lose starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo to free agency as well. The Bucs have lost their two trade deadline additions, Justin Morneau and Marlon Byrd to teams with more financial flexibility.