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Decisions Made

Posted on December 2, 2009 at 10:39 AM
Filed Under: St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals announced yesterday evening that they had made their arbitration decisions.  As expected by almost everyone, they tendered arbitration to Matt Holliday, Joel Pineiro and Mark DeRosa, while allowing Troy Glaus to leave without strings.

To me, that means that they are fairly confident that someone is going to come along with a better deal for Pineiro.  I don't think they really want him in that fourth starter role, though for one year they could probably get by.  However, if they don't resign Holliday, spending money on a quality starter seems to be on the agenda, and if the plan is still to have a rookie/young pitcher in the fifth slot, there's no room for Pineiro.

DeRosa, I think they'd like to have back, though if he goes elsewhere that's OK as well.  They probably don't think he'll break the bank in arbitration even if they have to go that way with him, which is unlikely.

All players have until Monday to accept the offer or decline it.  I think all three of these guys will turn it down, expecting bigger paydays on the open market, but depending on how that market shapes up, it's possible someone like Pineiro would want to lock down the safety of an assured deal.

Now the focus moves on to the winter meetings, which will be held next week in Indianapolis.  The consensus seems to be that the team needs to get a good read on the Holliday situation.  If it's reasonable he'll come back, great.  If it doesn't look like it, cut bait and move on.  No one wants to see the Cardinals pin their whole offseason on his signing, because the odds are still not in favor of his return.

It'll probably be pretty dead between now and next week.  Liven it up by listening to the UCB Radio Hour this evening!  Give Dustin and Travis a call and talk some Cardinal baseball!

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Why did Molzeliak bring Holliday here knowing Boras was his agent.He wants to suck a team dry.

Holliday was a great fit for last year's team just based on the plate production he brought. Mo saw the team had a chance to make a deep playoff run if he got one more bat, and went for it. Who Holliday's representation is was irrelevant.

When teams start making personnel decisions based on who a player's agent is, I'll stop watching baseball. Note this is different from making personnel decisions based on what the market will support for a particular player's skillset.

I agree with Mike. They knew at the time it was a strong possibility Holliday would be gone, but it gave them the best chance to win. And that's what it is all about.

Do you think the Cardinals will hold on to Puljos for the rest of his career?

I do, really. There's too much that is at stake with him. I think that Pujols wants to stay as well, so while it's going to be costly, it'll be easier to get it done here than it would be elsewhere.

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