Cardianls and Phillies Frontrunners for Matt Holliday

The Cardinals and Phillies have surfaced as frontrunners for Matt Holliday. I recently wrote about the Cardinals situation. Additionly, they are offering a package of Ryan Ludwick, Skip Schumaker and Mitchell Boggs. This package is very strong, and I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see the Rox accept. Ludwick could play left field replacing Holliday, and Schumaker could share center field with Ryan Spilborhgs, replacing Willy Taveres if dealt. (which is very likely, especially if this trade goes down) The Cardinals open up two spots in the outfield corners by trading Ludwick and Schumaker. Holliday takes left, Ankiel moves to right, and top prospect Colby Rasmus takes over in center. I really like this trade a lot for both teams.

The Phillies are very interested as well. They can offer a lot, but not as much as the Cardinals. The Phils package would be Carlos Carrasco, Greg Golson, Joe Savery, and Lou Marson. This package is not very enticing to the Rox, however. Dextor Fowler is just as good as Golson is. Chris Iannetta is better than Lou Marson. Carrasco and Savery add depth, but you don’t trade Matt Holliday for just depth. I don’t see the Phillies working a deal out.

So both the Cardinals and Phillies are very aggresive in these trade talks. But the Cards have the undoubted lead.

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One comment

  1. districtboy

    I like the Cardinals offer except for one thing. They should replace Schumaker with Jason Motte or Tyler Herron. The Rockies don’t need Skip. Spilborhgs is definitely good enought to play every day and I expect him to be a future All-Star in fact. Like you said, you don’t trade Holliday for depth and that’s what Schumaker would be, especially with Seth Smith and Dexter Fowler. Don’t forget about Baker if Clint Barmes wins the second base battle.

    Aaron
    http://districtboy.mlblogs.com/

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