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Matt Holliday | Outfielder | #7

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (36) / 1/15/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1998 / Rd. 7 (0) / COL
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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees have agreed to a one-year, $13 million contract with Matt Holliday.
The veteran slugger, who will turn 37 next month, slashed .246/.322/.461 with 20 homers and 62 RBI in 426 plate appearances with the Cardinals in 2016 while missing time due to a fractured left thumb. He's expected to see the majority of his at-bats in the designated hitter role with the Bombers. Dec 4 - 7:20 PM

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox have contacted Matt Holliday's agent, Scott Boras.

The Cardinals declined Holliday's $17 million option after he .246/.322/.461 in an injury-shortened 2016, but there appears to be a decent market for him as a potential bounce-back candidate. The Red Sox' rivals, the Yankees, are another club that's shown interest and Holliday's former club, the Rockies, have also been mentioned as a potential landing spot. Holliday will turn 37 in January.
Source: Boston Globe
Dec 4 - 10:43 AM

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that Matt Holliday is "a name the Yankees have thrown around."

The expectation is that Edwin Encarnacion will likely command a contract beyond what the Yankees are comfortable with, but they have backup options that include Carlos Beltran, Mike Napoli and Holliday. Holliday batted .246/.322/.461 with 20 homers and 62 RBI in an injury-shortened 2016 season and is probably best off as a designated hitter at this point in his career.
Dec 2 - 8:51 AM

Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich downplayed the possibility of a reunion with free agent Matt Holliday.

Holliday has said that he's open to a return to the Rockies, but given the team's outfield depth, he'd be looking at a full-time move to first base. He just saw his first exposure at the position in 2016, so the Rockies are mulling over the potential alternatives. "We have just now started looking into the reality of Matt," said Bridich. "With the way that our outfield is situated… the outfield for Matt doesn’t make a whole lot of sense right now. So right now we are just trying to wrap our minds around whether he’s a viable option at first base." The Rockies reportedly haven't ruled out a return for Mark Reynolds and Chris Carter, who was recently designated for assignment by the Brewers, could also be a possibility at first base.
Source: Denver Post
Nov 30 - 10:33 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees have inquired on free agent outfielder Matt Holliday.

Holliday is coming off a 2016 campaign in which he hit .246/.322/.461 with 20 homers and 62 RBI over 382 at-bats. A broken thumb suffered in August forced him out for an extended period of time and he ultimately appeared in just 110 games for the Cards. At this juncture, it isn't known quite what kind of a contract Holliday might draw on the open market. He turns 37 in January.
Nov 23 - 6:53 PM

Matt Holliday has officially become a free agent.

Holliday's $17 million option for 2017 was going to be guaranteed if he finished in the top-10 of the MVP voting, so the thought was that he was going to have to wait for a few days. Obviously he's not going to be in the top-10 given the type of season he had, so he can now officially turn the page and test the open market.
Nov 10 - 5:32 PM

Cardinals declined Matt Holliday's $17 million club option for 2017.

This move had long been anticipated and Holliday will receive a $1 million buyout. He could make for an intriguing option as a designated hitter for an American League club. The 36-year-old slashed .246/.322/.461 with 20 homers and 62 RBI in 382 at-bats in 2016.
Nov 4 - 7:19 PM

The Cardinals will decline their $17 million club option on OF Matt Holliday, according to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation.

This has been expected move for a while, so now we're just waiting on the official announcement. Holliday, who turns 37 in January, will receive a $1 million buyout and hit free agency. He might be best-utilized in the American League at this point in his career.
Nov 3 - 5:56 PM

Matt Holliday said Saturday that he intends to continue playing in 2017, even if it isn't in St. Louis.

"I have a lot of good baseball left in me", the veteran outfielder acknowledged. He had a memorable moment in perhaps his last at-bat as a Cardinal on Friday, socking a pinch-hit homer after being greeted by a standing ovation from the Cardinals' faithful. He may be best suited for a DH role at this point, so a move to the American League could be in order.
Oct 1 - 12:23 PM

Matt Holliday (thumb) slugged a dramatic pinch-hit homer in his return from the disabled list Friday against the Pirates.

Now that’s a moment. Holliday, who broke his left thumb back on August 11, was activated from the disabled list on Friday so he could make one last appearance for the fans in St. Louis. He was greeted with a standing ovation in the seventh inning before swatting an opposite-field blast off Zach Phillips. Oddly, this was the first pinch-hit homer of his career. The Cardinals have already informed Holliday that they don’t plan to pick up the $17 million option on his contract for 2017, so this was likely goodbye. You couldn’t have drawn it up much better.
Oct 1 - 12:58 AM

Cardinals activated OF Matt Holliday from the 15-day disabled list.

He's not going to play much in the final weekend, though, as the Cards just want to get him a token appearance so that the impending free agent can be recognized by the fans. General manager John Mozeliak said Friday that the likelihood of the team picking up Holliday's option for 2017 is "very low."
Sep 30 - 5:24 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals "are ready to activate" Matt Holliday (thumb).

It's a change in course, as just a couple days ago Goold reported that Holliday returning was unlikely. However, Goold cautions that it's "hard to tell what role (if any)" Holliday will have in the final weekend. It could just be an opportunity for him to get a token plate appearance or two in order to be recognized by the fans since he's an impending free agent. Holliday has missed the last seven weeks with a fractured thumb.
Sep 30 - 4:53 PM

Jon Heyman of TodaysKnuckleball.com reports that the Cardinals do not plan to exercise Matt Holliday's $17 million option for 2017.

He also adds that they won't extend him a similarly priced qualifying offer, either. Holliday, who will turn 37 over the winter, has had a career-worst season at the plate, batting .242/.318/.450 with 19 homers over 424 plate appearances. He's missed the last seven weeks with a fractured thumb.
Sep 30 - 9:27 AM

Matt Holliday (thumb) is doubtful to return to the Cardinals' active roster this year.

Holliday was aiming to take live batting practice over the weekend, but it didn't happen. The veteran outfielder is apparently still dealing with some discomfort and strength issues surrounding his surgically-repaired right thumb. St. Louis has an interesting decision to make this winter with Holliday holding a $17 million club option for 2017. He posted a career-low .768 OPS with 19 homers and 60 RBI in 107 games this season and will turn 37 years old in January.
Sep 27 - 5:19 PM

Matt Holliday (thumb) will not take batting practice this weekend.

He's going to meet with a specialist and hopefully try again Monday. Holliday has encountered numerous setbacks in his recovery from thumb surgery and is running out of time to make his return with only a week left in the regular season. The 36-year-old hasn't played since August 11.
Sep 24 - 6:28 PM

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2Carson Kelly
3Alberto Rosario
1B1Matt Carpenter
2Matt Adams
3Chad Huffman
2B1Kolten Wong
2Jedd Gyorko
3Breyvic Valera
4Eliezer Alvarez
SS1Aledmys Diaz
2Edmundo Sosa
3Wilfredo Tovar
3B1Jhonny Peralta
2Greg Garcia
LF1Tommy Pham
2Jose Martinez
3Todd Cunningham
CF1Randal Grichuk
2Magneuris Sierra
RF1Stephen Piscotty
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PosRoleName
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Lance Lynn
4Mike Leake
5Alex Reyes
6Michael Wacha
7Luke Weaver
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Kevin Siegrist
3Trevor Rosenthal
4Matt Bowman
5Tyler Lyons
6Jonathan Broxton
7Miguel Socolovich
8Sam Tuivailala
9Mike Mayers
10John Gant
11Rowan Wick
12Zach Duke
13Zach Phillips