glen a richter wrote:
I agree with what I assume you're getting at: Pujols won't be a Card for a whole lot longer. Could end up a Met down the road...
The biggest reason to sign Holliday was to relay to Albert that the Cardinals are serious about winning. This deal does that. There is no way on this effing planet the Cardinals brass would have even tried to sign Holliday for that amount if they thought it may jeopardize their ability to sign Pujols. To me, this suggests Pujols WILL be a Cardinal for years to come.
Carp and Wainwright are locked up through 2011 I think. That gives the core of Pujols, Holliday and a pair of Cy Young candidates a couple shots at bringing home the title. If they win it all even one year then it was worth the signing. They've made themselves divisional favorites for foreseeable future. Losing the prospects they spent to get him becomes easier to swallow. And Pujols stopped hitting when opposing pitchers stopped sending him first pitch fastballs. Not because Holliday showed up. The only time I might be upset about this deal could be years 5-7... and there is absolutely not telling what will happen in the tail end of that contract, hindsight is 20/20 if it doesnt work out.
Props to Cardinals management for getting it done. Cardinals look fierce. Now fill out that bullpen.
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