Holliday: I would defer some money for Pujols

Matt Holliday said Friday morning on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning” that he would be willing to defer some money from his current contract to help the Cardinals pay Albert Pujols. However, Holliday made it clear that the club has not approached him about such a possibility.

“I deferred $2 million a year for the whole contract,” Holliday told Doug Gottlieb on the show, “and I would be willing, if they came to me and said, ‘Hey, this is what it’s going to take to get Albert done, would you do it again or do more?’ Scott [Boras, Holliday's agent] probably wouldn’t like me to stay that, but if that’s what it took, I would be willing to do that.”
Two things need to be noted here, however.
First, Holliday explained that no such suggestion has been broached by the club. He told me this morning that the comment was “very hypothetical.”
Second, Holliday’s deal runs through 2016, which would be the fifth year of a new deal for Pujols. It’s very difficult to envision a deal being made or broken based on the relatively small amount that Holliday might defer, especially in the first five years of a deal. It’s a nice gesture, but it’s hard to imagine it having any real impact on the negotiations, even if it were actually to happen.
-M.

7 Comments

I respect Holliday more and more. First he says he would move to Right to accomodate Lance Berkman now this.

This is an awesome gesture from Matt Holliday since Pujols did everything he could to get him sign on with St. Louis. The Cardinals fan base is so loyal to the game that I’m sure a price hike on the tickets alone, to accomidate Pujols, would be welcomed with open arms. Just as long as the super star stays in a Cardinal uniform… the fans will keep coming.

I would have to agree with flash. The Cardinals consistantly draw three million fans each year, and most would be for a price increase to keep Pujols in a Cardinals uniform. If they were to raise ticket prices by an average of $2-3 per seat, this would increase revenue by $6-9M, probably more than enough to get the budget in line to sign Pujols to a deal that would keep him in St Louis for the rest of his career. While I don’t agree that any one player is worth $30M, the economics of baseball dictate that $30M may be a bargain for Pujols. Remember…last year was an “off year” where he “only” hit .312, with 42 HRs, 118 RBIs, scored 115 runs, and played gold glove defense…all in an “off year”.
Cardinals management needs to get this done, or they will be compared to Jerry Krause when he let the greatest basketball player of all time walk away from the Chicago Bulls. The fans will still be there, but will hold a grudge against management for years to come.
Remember in the 70s when the Cardinals had a salary dispute with Steve Carlton? He went on to have a hall of fame career away from St Louis, and the Cardinals were much less competative in the 70s.

I agree this is an awsome gesture from Matt, it just shows you what a truely decent guy he is. I also agree with gitchasum…no player is worth $30M. I love Pujols and think he is an awsome player, but I just dont think that any 1 player is worth that much. It drives me crazy when players are already making $14-$18M a yr and they ask for more, it makes me feel like they are just greedy….they are supposed to love playing and yet here they are wanting more and more money. I understand that it is their job, but they also get 5-6 months out of the year off. Yes they still train and keep in shape but they also get that time to enjoy their lives. I dont know maybe its just me…I think Matt is a great roll model for the rest of the baseball players.

agree with all above. I still do not understand why this is such a “media” issue ? or I should say – why did the Cardinal organization allow this to become a circus ?? I cannot believe that this is not a done deal yet – they have the money – pay him. If they blow this — losing alot of fan base.

agree with all above. I still do not understand why this is such a “media” issue ? or I should say – why did the Cardinal organization allow this to become a circus ?? I cannot believe that this is not a done deal yet – they have the money – pay him. If they blow this — losing alot of fan base.

i agree with all of the above but everyone knows pujols will settle for less money than 30mil a year.
the one thing he wants is that 10 year deal
so give him 20 a year to 25 for 10 years

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