Oct. 04, 2016
Just In ~ Cardinals Matt Holliday's Days Of Wearing 'Birds On the Bat' Uniform Will Come To An End
Per an article from NBC Sports/HARDBALL TALK, "The Cardinals Will Not Exercise Matt Holliday's 2017 Option".
The past two season's, Cardinals left-fielder Matt Holliday spent a great deal of time on the DL. The 2015 he dealt with a stressed quad injury. In 2016, August 11, in the Cardinals game against the Chicago Cubs he sustained a fractured thumb, during extra inning play, hit-by-a-pitch delivered by Cubs Mike Montgomery. The fracture required surgery, with pin inserted, to repair. Holliday has been working in rehab in hopes of returning for the very last portion of this season. However, during the few live batting practices he has had, the swelling has allowed him little mobility and dashed any hope of return.
The Cardinals signed Holliday, at the mid-season deadline, in 2009. In his 13 major league seasons, the final eight of those have been with the Cardinals. In those years, Holliday has held an offensive slash line, .292 BA/.379 OBP/.493 SLG with a total 155 HR/614 RBI. This shortened season for him, he has had his struggles at the plate; but, even though, he has had some key hits for St. Louis. He holds a .242/.318/.450 for 19 HR/60 RBI this season.
Per the article, the Cardinals will not exercise Holliday's option for 2017. Option: $17 MM/with $1 MM buyout (Guaranteed with top 10 finish in 2016 MVP vote). Which, not even sure the Cardinals will have to honor the buyout. I'm sure news on that will be forthcoming on that note. Nor, will the Cardinals extend a qualifying offer be made to Holliday for next season.
Holliday will be 37 years of age by the time 2017 Spring training rolls around. With back-to-back injury ridden seasons, sounds as though, Holliday will not wear the Cardinals "Birds on the Bat" uniform again as a player. In my opinion, I do believe Holliday will be offered a position with the organization. How soon he would be will to be on staff, time will tell. My personal opinion, I would like to see him as the Cardinals hitting coach. But, once again, time will tell.