Tuesday, January 5, 2010
SI's Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals have agreed to a seven-year, $120 million deal with Matt Holliday.
Holliday, 29, will provide much-needed protection for Albert Pujols. The signing will likely make the Cardinals the favorite to win the NL Central this year, though we must keep in mind that they lost Mark DeRosa and may still lose Joel Pineiro, Rick Ankiel, and Brad Thompson.
Looking beyond 2010, the real question for the Cardinals becomes whether they will be able to afford both Holliday and Pujols when Pujols becomes a free agent after the 2010 season (he has a team option for 2011).