Love it or hate it, the Cardinals have locked up their Pujols Protector. Matt Holliday announced on ESPN’s Doug Gottlieb show that he has agreed to return to St. Louis.
Thoughts? Love to know the exact details, but a 7 year deal actually works for me. Derrick Goold has been all over the Hot Stove coverage and his Bird Land post today was right on the money.
While I’m not sure who first posted the signing, SI.com takes the prize for having the most details. Nick’s favorite time-killer was all over this story and yes, even I kept my Twitter account active earlier today.
A big sigh of relief was the initial reaction given the lack of true options on the market. The trade doesn’t hurt as much now because it is all about making Albert happy, and the entire front office can put forth the effort the game’s best player deserves.
John Mozeliak gets big props tonight at least from this corner of the UCB, and I’m even more anxious to get the group’s take starting tomorrow on the first Radio Show of 2010. Jimmy Ballgame forever will be 15 to me, but maybe he can share with the next great St. Louis outfielder.
Other curious takes on all this come from the Big Mac angle and how TLR plans to set his lineup. While Ryan Ludwick makes an intriguing option for the two-hole, he most likely slots in after Holliday and ends the tenure of seeing Carp or Wainer in the eight hole.
That makes for a sad day here at PH8 HQ, but it is something I can overcome much like I had to with the Wallace man-crush. Welcome to the Cards full-time Matt, looking forward to a long and healthy tenure!