The Cardinals have 15 days all to themselves to woo Matt Holliday, the free-agent outfielder the club publicly has called a “high priority” to re-sign. But the Cardinals are pragmatic about the real value of an eleventh-hour sales pitch before Holliday and the other free agents hit the open market in two weeks.
That’s what the previous three months were for.
“We need to spend some time with Matt and his agent and share what our vision is, what we have to offer, and at some point I’m sure we will,” Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said. “But at the same time, that’s part of why we traded for him, to get him here, and at some point you’d think he has a pretty good idea of what we have to offer. … Most players, if they haven’t agreed to terms at this point, it means they are working their way to the open market.
With the final pitch of the World Series on Wednesday night, the 15-day period for players to file as free agents began Thursday. Holliday filed immediately, and the Cardinals and his agent, Scott Boras, both expect Holliday to reach the open market 14 days from today
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