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Birth Date1-15-1980
Height6' 4"
Weight240 lbs
Age39 years, 9 months, 4 days
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2004 COL 24 121 439 116 31 3 14 31 86 6 3 3 .290 .349 .488 97 -0.8 0.9 -3.6 0.6
2005 COL 25 125 526 147 24 7 19 36 79 7 14 3 .307 .361 .505 113 8.7 -0.5 -1.9 1.8
2006 COL 26 155 667 196 45 5 34 47 110 15 10 5 .326 .387 .586 135 33.3 2.6 -0.6 4.9
2007 COL 27 158 713 216 50 6 36 63 126 10 11 4 .340 .405 .607 143 42.0 3.1 2.9 6.3
2008 COL 28 139 623 173 38 2 25 74 104 8 28 2 .321 .409 .538 137 29.5 6.2 3.7 5.3
2009 OAK 29 93 400 99 23 1 11 46 58 6 12 3 .286 .378 .454 138 19.6 0.3 4.9 3.4
2009 SLN 29 63 270 83 16 2 13 26 43 4 2 4 .353 .419 .604 138 13.3 2.4 -9.1 1.3
2010 SLN 30 158 675 186 45 1 28 69 93 8 9 5 .312 .390 .532 145 36.4 -0.7 -3.7 4.8
2011 SLN 31 124 516 132 36 0 22 60 93 8 2 1 .296 .388 .525 136 22.0 0.0 -11.2 2.3
2012 SLN 32 157 688 177 36 2 27 75 132 9 4 4 .296 .379 .497 138 30.1 0.7 -10.2 3.7
2013 SLN 33 141 602 156 31 1 22 69 86 9 6 1 .300 .389 .490 140 27.6 3.0 -9.4 3.6
2014 SLN 34 156 667 156 37 0 20 74 100 17 4 1 .272 .370 .441 128 20.6 3.2 -12.0 2.7
2015 SLN 35 73 277 64 16 1 4 39 49 6 2 1 .279 .394 .410 115 5.7 -1.4 -6.5 0.4
2016 SLN 36 110 426 94 20 1 20 35 71 8 0 0 .246 .322 .461 109 5.7 -1.1 -4.8 0.9
2017 NYA 37 105 427 86 18 0 19 46 114 3 1 0 .231 .316 .432 97 -0.5 -1.3 0.5 0.3
2018 COL 38 25 65 15 2 0 2 12 18 0 0 0 .283 .415 .434 95 -0.2 -0.2 -0.5 0.1
Career19037981209646832316802136212410837.299.379.510129293.017.2-61.542.3

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
1999 ASH A SAL 0 506 .000 .000 .000 .324 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 SLM A+ CRL 0 505 .000 .000 .000 .314 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 SLM A+ CRL 72 296 .000 .000 .000 .292 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 CAR AA SOU 130 539 .000 .000 .000 .335 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 TUL AA TXS 135 578 .000 .000 .000 .275 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 COL MLB NL 121 439 .263 .327 .421 .339 116 -1.9 13.1 -3 97 11 -3.6 0.9 -0.8 0.6
2004 CSP AAA PCL 6 27 .000 .000 .000 .429 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 COL MLB NL 125 526 .266 .331 .425 .332 113 9.2 15.1 -3.6 113 11 -1.9 -0.5 8.7 1.8
2005 TUL AA TXS 7 28 .272 .330 .425 .591 99 2.4 0.4 -0.1 210 0 -0.7 0.5 3.6 0.4
2006 COL MLB NL 155 667 .265 .329 .426 .351 104 37.6 20.1 -4.8 135 10 -0.6 2.6 33.3 4.9
2007 COL MLB NL 158 713 .264 .329 .415 .377 110 36.5 21.2 -5.1 143 8 2.9 3.1 42.0 6.3
2008 COL MLB NL 139 623 .264 .331 .414 .359 105 36.3 18.0 -4.3 137 10 3.7 6.2 29.5 5.3
2008 CSP AAA PCL 3 11 .291 .354 .478 .833 137 1.7 0.3 -0.1 131 0 -0.5 0.5 0.3 0.1
2009 OAK MLB AL 93 400 .260 .328 .416 .315 100 12 11.5 -2.7 138 9 4.9 0.3 19.6 3.4
2009 SLN MLB NL 63 270 .257 .327 .405 .380 89 30.9 7.8 -1.8 138 9 -9.1 2.4 13.3 1.3
2010 SLN MLB NL 158 675 .259 .325 .408 .331 89 53.5 18.6 -4.5 145 9 -3.7 -0.7 36.4 4.8
2011 SLN MLB NL 124 516 .260 .322 .408 .330 96 30.3 13.9 -3.5 136 12 -11.2 0.0 22.0 2.3
2012 SLN MLB NL 157 688 .255 .318 .402 .337 98 33.9 18.8 -4.6 138 8 -10.2 0.7 30.1 3.7
2013 SLN MLB NL 141 602 .250 .312 .388 .322 101 24.1 15.8 -3.9 140 8 -9.4 3.0 27.6 3.6
2014 SLN MLB NL 156 667 .250 .311 .383 .298 103 18.9 17.2 -4.4 128 8 -12.0 3.2 20.6 2.7
2015 SLN MLB NL 73 277 .254 .313 .397 .335 93 12.1 7.5 -1.9 115 7 -6.5 -1.4 5.7 0.4
2016 SLN MLB NL 110 426 .253 .324 .420 .253 90 10.1 12.0 -3.6 109 9 -4.8 -1.1 5.7 0.9
2017 NYA MLB AL 105 427 .258 .322 .434 .273 106 -1.3 12.5 -7.9 97 8 0.5 -1.3 -0.5 0.3
2017 TAM A+ FSL 7 30 .266 .322 .373 .286 103 -1.1 0.8 -0.5 88 0 0.1 0.0 -0.3 0.0
2017 SWB AAA INT 5 21 .258 .318 .386 .313 103 -0.4 0.6 -0.4 127 0 0.0 -0.1 0.5 0.1
2018 COL MLB NL 25 65 .242 .306 .393 .394 111 2.5 1.8 -0.4 95 9 -0.5 -0.2 -0.2 0.1
2018 ABQ AAA PCL 15 62 .261 .331 .399 .375 119 3.6 1.8 -0.8 157 0 -1.7 0.8 4.5 0.5
2018 GJR Rk PIO 1 4 .314 .342 .429 .333 112 0.4 0.1 -0.1 154 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
1999 ASH A SAL 506 444 76 117 28 0 16 193 64 53 116 10 3 .264 .354 .435 .171 0 0
2000 SLM A+ CRL 505 460 64 126 28 2 7 179 72 43 74 11 5 .274 .339 .389 .115 0 0
2001 SLM A+ CRL 296 255 36 70 16 1 11 121 52 33 42 11 3 .275 .364 .475 .200 0 0
2002 CAR AA SOU 539 463 79 128 19 2 10 181 64 67 102 16 2 .276 .375 .391 .114 1 1
2003 TUL AA TXS 578 522 65 132 28 5 12 206 72 43 74 15 9 .253 .317 .395 .142 0 0
2004 COL MLB NL 439 400 65 116 31 3 14 195 57 31 86 3 3 .290 .349 .488 .198 1 1
2004 CSP AAA PCL 27 22 8 8 5 0 2 19 4 5 6 2 0 .364 .481 .864 .500 0 0
2005 TUL AA TXS 28 26 6 14 3 0 1 20 6 1 3 1 0 .538 .556 .769 .231 0 0
2005 COL MLB NL 526 479 68 147 24 7 19 242 87 36 79 14 3 .307 .361 .505 .198 4 0
2006 COL MLB NL 667 602 119 196 45 5 34 353 114 47 110 10 5 .326 .387 .586 .261 3 0
2007 COL MLB NL 713 636 120 216 50 6 36 386 137 63 126 11 4 .340 .405 .607 .267 4 0
2008 COL MLB NL 623 539 107 173 38 2 25 290 88 74 104 28 2 .321 .409 .538 .217 2 0
2008 CSP AAA PCL 11 10 4 6 1 0 1 10 3 1 3 0 0 .600 .636 1.000 .400 0 0
2009 SLN MLB NL 270 235 42 83 16 2 13 142 55 26 43 2 4 .353 .419 .604 .251 5 0
2009 OAK MLB AL 400 346 52 99 23 1 11 157 54 46 58 12 3 .286 .378 .454 .168 2 0
2010 SLN MLB NL 675 596 95 186 45 1 28 317 103 69 93 9 5 .312 .390 .532 .220 2 0
2011 SLN MLB NL 516 446 83 132 36 0 22 234 75 60 93 2 1 .296 .388 .525 .229 2 0
2012 SLN MLB NL 688 599 95 177 36 2 27 298 102 75 132 4 4 .296 .379 .497 .202 5 0
2013 SLN MLB NL 602 520 103 156 31 1 22 255 94 69 86 6 1 .300 .389 .490 .190 4 0
2014 SLN MLB NL 667 574 83 156 37 0 20 253 90 74 100 4 1 .272 .370 .441 .169 2
2015 SLN MLB NL 277 229 24 64 16 1 4 94 35 39 49 2 1 .279 .394 .410 .131 3 0
2016 SLN MLB NL 426 382 48 94 20 1 20 176 62 35 71 0 0 .246 .322 .461 .215 1 0
2017 SWB AAA INT 21 18 5 5 0 0 0 5 1 3 2 0 0 .278 .381 .278 .000 0 0
2017 TAM A+ FSL 30 25 1 6 1 0 0 7 5 3 5 0 0 .240 .333 .280 .040 1 0
2017 NYA MLB AL 427 373 50 86 18 0 19 161 64 46 114 1 0 .231 .316 .432 .201 5 0
2018 GJR Rk PIO 4 3 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 .333 .500 .667 .333 0 0
2018 COL MLB NL 65 53 3 15 2 0 2 23 3 12 18 0 0 .283 .415 .434 .151 0 0
2018 ABQ AAA PCL 62 52 12 18 4 0 3 31 14 9 9 0 0 .346 .452 .596 .250 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 2328 0.4497 0.5009 0.7470 0.7364 0.3084 0.8171 0.6101 0.2530 -0.0044
2009 2365 0.4655 0.4858 0.7676 0.6966 0.3022 0.8514 0.5995 0.2324 0.0035
2010 2540 0.4701 0.4724 0.7800 0.6985 0.2719 0.8489 0.6230 0.2200 -0.0024
2011 2012 0.4861 0.4742 0.7558 0.6912 0.2689 0.8314 0.5719 0.2442 0.0043
2012 2662 0.4654 0.4715 0.7586 0.6828 0.2874 0.8274 0.6161 0.2414 -0.0007
2013 2219 0.4673 0.4993 0.7870 0.7184 0.3071 0.8591 0.6391 0.2130 0.0063
2014 2429 0.4697 0.4874 0.7973 0.7230 0.2787 0.8642 0.6435 0.2027 -0.0058
2015 1038 0.4576 0.4942 0.7758 0.7684 0.2629 0.8466 0.6014 0.2242 0.0010
2016 1557 0.4656 0.4836 0.7928 0.6979 0.2969 0.8794 0.6154 0.2072 0.0000
2017 1722 0.4628 0.4419 0.7148 0.6161 0.2919 0.8045 0.5519 0.2852 0.0000
2018 272 0.4632 0.4743 0.7054 0.6984 0.2808 0.8182 0.4634 0.2946 0.0000
Career211440.46630.48110.76720.70140.28860.84230.60780.23280.0000

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-28 - DTD - - - General Medical Illness -
2014-09-27 2014-09-27 DTD 0 0 - General Medical Illness -
2014-09-07 2014-09-08 DTD 1 1 - Low Back Tightness -
2014-08-17 2014-08-18 DTD 1 1 Left Knee Soreness -
2014-08-14 2014-08-14 DTD 0 0 Left Knee Soreness -
2014-07-06 2014-07-06 DTD 0 0 - Knee Contusion -
2014-06-08 2014-06-10 DTD 2 1 - Low Back Tightness -
2013-09-22 2013-09-25 DTD 3 3 - Back Stiffness - -
2013-08-14 2013-08-14 DTD 0 0 Right Ankle Sprain - -
2013-07-12 2013-07-27 15-DL 15 11 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2013-07-02 2013-07-04 DTD 2 2 - Neck Pinched Nerve - -
2013-05-11 2013-05-12 DTD 1 1 Right Ankle Sprain - -
2013-03-26 2013-03-27 Camp 1 0 - Trunk Soreness Side - -
2013-03-07 2013-03-14 Camp 7 0 - General Medical Illness - -
2012-10-20 2012-10-22 DTD 2 0 - Low Back Soreness - -
2012-09-28 2012-09-28 DTD 0 0 Left Elbow Contusion HBP - -
2012-09-05 2012-09-07 DTD 2 1 - Low Back Tightness - -
2012-07-17 2012-07-18 DTD 1 1 Left Thigh Contusion HBP - -
2012-06-20 2012-06-20 DTD 0 0 - Hip Soreness -
2012-06-18 2012-06-19 DTD 1 0 - Hip Soreness - -
2012-06-09 2012-06-12 DTD 3 2 - Low Back Stiffness - -
2011-09-28 2011-10-01 DTD 3 1 Right Fingers Inflammation Tendonitis Middle Finger -
2011-09-14 2011-09-24 DTD 10 9 Right Fingers Inflammation Middle Finger - -
2011-08-22 2011-08-22 DTD 0 0 Right Face Soreness Moth Flew Into Ear - -
2011-08-10 2011-08-12 DTD 2 2 - Back Strain Lifting Weights - -
2011-07-01 2011-07-01 DTD 0 0 General Medical Illness -
2011-06-01 2011-06-16 15-DL 15 13 Right Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2011-05-23 2011-05-27 DTD 4 3 Right Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2011-05-19 2011-05-20 DTD 1 1 Right Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2011-04-01 2011-04-10 DTD 9 7 Abdomen Surgery Appendix 2011-04-01
2011-03-27 2011-03-28 Camp 1 0 Right Soreness Big Toe -
2010-08-25 2010-08-25 DTD 0 0 Left Hand Contusion HBP -
2010-05-09 2010-05-11 DTD 2 1 Groin Strain -
2010-04-16 2010-04-16 DTD 0 0 General Medical Illness -
2010-03-10 2010-03-22 Camp 12 0 Trunk Strain Rib Cage -
2009-09-27 2009-09-29 DTD 2 1 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2009-09-10 2009-09-11 DTD 1 0 Left Knee Contusion -
2009-08-18 2009-08-18 DTD 0 0 Left Foot Contusion Foul Ball -
2009-06-10 2009-06-10 DTD 0 0 Left Knee Contusion -
2009-04-07 2009-04-08 DTD 1 1 General Medical Illness -
2009-03-15 2009-03-19 Camp 4 0 General Medical Allergic Reaction Tetanus Injection -
2008-09-26 2008-09-29 DTD 3 3 Low Back Tightness -
2008-09-20 2008-09-23 DTD 3 2 Low Back Soreness -
2008-05-25 2008-06-10 15-DL 16 14 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2007-09-22 2007-09-25 DTD 3 2 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2007-07-20 2007-07-20 DTD 0 0 Left Knee Contusion HBP -
2007-06-01 2007-06-01 DTD 0 0 Head Contusion -
2007-05-16 2007-05-17 DTD 1 1 Low Back Tightness -
2006-08-15 2006-08-18 DTD 3 3 Left Wrist Contusion HBP -
2006-05-27 2006-05-28 DTD 1 1 Right Thumb Contusion HBP -
2006-04-07 2006-04-08 DTD 1 1 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2006-03-06 2006-03-18 Camp 12 0 Left Ankle Sprain -
2005-06-09 2005-07-19 15-DL 40 33 Right Fingers Fracture Little Finger Sliding -
2004-09-13 2004-10-04 DTD 21 20 Left Elbow Sprain -
2004-09-07 2004-09-07 DTD 0 0 Head Contusion Above Ear From HBP -
2001-07-24 2001-09-08 Minors 46 0 - Elbow Surgery - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 COL $
2017 NYA $13,000,000
2016 SLN $17,000,000
2015 SLN $17,000,000
2014 SLN $17,000,000
2013 SLN $17,000,000
2012 SLN $17,000,000
2011 SLN $17,000,000
2010 SLN $17,000,000
2009 OAK $13,500,000
2008 COL $9,500,000
2007 COL $4,400,000
2006 COL $500,000
2005 COL $366,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
13 yrPrevious$160,266,000
13 yrTotal$160,266,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
14 y 40 dBoras Corp.1 year (2018)

Details
  • 1 year (2018). Signed by Colorado as a free agent 7/28/18 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Colorado 8/23/18.
  • 1 year/$13M (2017). Signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 12/7/16. Limited no-trade protection: may block deals to one club (Oakland).
  • 7 years/$120M (2010-16), plus 2017 club option. Re-signed by St. Louis as a free agent 1/7/10. 10-16: $17M/year, 17:$17M club option, $1M buyout. 2017 option guaranteed with top 10 finish in 2016 MVP vote. $2M annually deferred. Full no-trade clause. St. Louis declined 2017 option 11/16.
  • 2 years/$23M (2008-09). Signed extension with Colorado 1/18/08 (avoided arbitration). 08:$9M, 09:$13M. Acquired by Oakland in trade from Colorado 11/12/08. Acquired by St. Louis in trade from Oakland 7/24/09.
  • 1 year/$4.4M (2007). Re-signed by Colorado 1/07 (avoided arbitration).
  • 4 years (2002-05), plus 2006, 2007 options. Signed Major League contract. 02:$0.1M, 03:$0.125M, 04:$0.15M, 05:$0.316M, 06:$0.5M club option, $0.1M buyout, 07:$0.6M club option, $0.1M buyout. In majors, salaries increase to 02:$0.2M, 03:$0.3M, 04:$0.3M. Colorado exercised $0.5M 2006 option 10/05. If otherwise eligible for arbitration or free agency, Holliday has right to void remainder of contract & forfeit buyout. (Holliday exercised this right after 2006 & re-signed, avoiding arbitration.) 2004 performance bonuses: $40,000 each for 200, 250, 300, 350 and 400 PAs. 2005 performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 250, 300, 350, 400 PAs. Roster bonuses: $0.2M for 60 days on active roster, $0.25M for 120 days on active roster, $0.3M for 180 days on the active roster.
  • Drafted by Colorado 1998 (7-210) (Stillwater HS, Okla.). $0.84M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 380 49 89 18 1 14 50 42 80 1 0 .268 .355 .455 117 18.9 2.1
80o 361 45 82 17 1 13 46 38 78 1 0 .259 .343 .442 109 13.6 1.5
70o 348 42 77 16 1 12 43 35 76 1 0 .251 .333 .427 104 10.0 1.1
60o 336 39 72 15 1 11 41 33 75 1 0 .242 .322 .411 99 7.1 0.8
50o 325 37 68 14 1 11 39 31 73 1 0 .235 .314 .405 95 4.6 0.5
40o 314 35 64 13 1 10 36 29 72 1 0 .229 .306 .389 90 2.2 0.3
30o 302 33 59 12 1 9 34 28 70 0 0 .219 .297 .370 86 -0.1 0.0
20o 289 30 55 11 1 9 32 25 68 0 0 .212 .287 .367 80 -2.7 -0.2
10o 270 27 49 10 1 8 28 22 65 0 0 .202 .271 .350 73 -5.8 -0.6
Weighted Mean32838691411139327410.237.317.405965.40.6

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DateQuestionAnswer
2016-12-05 20:00:00 (link to chat)Is it apparently clear that the Yankees wont commit to any long term big contracts to get ready for Harper and Machado?
(David from NY)
There's zero guarantee that Harper, Machado or any of the other potential names in that free agent class actually reach the open market, but I think the signing of Matt Holliday to a short-term deal revealed a lot about what Cashman is planning to do. The big question is how their prospect haul pans out. We have a pretty good idea that Gary Sanchez is a core performer. Are Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier too? What about guys like Greg Bird, Aaron Judge, etc...Tons of variables to consider, but you have to love the position the Yankees have put themselves in long-term. (George Bissell)
2016-04-14 20:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Scooter, I need to pick up an RP 3 in a points lg where SV=8 HLD=4 K=2. Etc. My options include Dyson, Madson, Zych, Strickland, Treinen, Kelley, Castro, May, Kela and Feliz. What would be your pecking order to help sort out this group? Also I need to drop a damned good bat in order to make room for this RP. Options include Matt Holliday my OF 6 in a 3 OF format, or one of my two C- Gomes or Grandal. Trying to trade one of the catchers but my league is not filled with major traders. Thanks for the help. D
(dylanrox from New Orleans)
Those bats are pretty valuable. I think you need to try to trade one because there's just too much value there to drop. As for the RPs, I'd rank them Dyson, Strickland, Zych, Madson, Kelley, everyone else. (Scooter Hotz)
2015-10-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Matthew, Where do you see Heyward signing, and do you think he could play center field for anyone?
(Cal Guy from Cal)
This is going to be the most delicious question of the offseason. Candidates who spring to mind: Cubs, Astros, Dodgers, Angels, Cardinals, Rangers, Nationals. A lot of the usual suspects there; I'm probably missing someone. I see the Cardinals bringing him back, on the 2015-16 version of the Matt Holliday deal: whatever the market will bear, less five to 10 percent. We'll all howl #CardinalsDevilMagic if that comes to fruition, but they run their organization well and make a great impression on guys in this situation.

For the next year or two, Heyward could be a solid center fielder, especially in a small center field (like the one at Wrigley Field; that's the best argument for the Cubs). Long-term, he's a corner guy, because a body that big won't stay healthy and sufficiently quick in center into his late 20s. (Matthew Trueblood)
2015-06-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)It looks like Matt Holliday is going to come off the DL shortly. What does St. Louis do about the resulting glut of above-average outfielders (plus Jon Jay) other than gloat a lot?
(Bill from New Mexico)
They could make a trade, but their roster is so deep that it's hard to see what they'd do. Peter Bourjos would seem like the odd man out if they don't make a move. (Mike Gianella)
2015-01-20 19:30:00 (link to chat)Pick two: Joe Mauer, Kolten Wong, Matt Holliday, Khris Davis, Brandon Phillips, Pedro Alvarez. These would be the last two keepers in a 5x5 roto league. (Keeping Panda, Shields, JZimm, Starlin already)
(Lior from MN)
Definitely not Phillips or Davis. I'd probably go Mauer and Holliday. (Ben Carsley)
2014-08-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Matt Holliday still has 3/51 (not awful, but more than he'd get in FA) left with the birds. Is Piscotty getting moved this winter, does he become a 4th OF, or do the Cards find a way to move Holliday's contract? Given Holidays hitting decline this year I'd be a bit nervous to ride out the next three despite his flawless glovework.
(Theodore from Chicago)
I think if the situation presents itself they might move either Holliday or Piscotty but the beauty is they don't have to do either. Piscotty isn't the impact talent that Taveras is, so you don't necessarily have to move someone to get him in the lineup. He's a great prospect and someone you want in your system, but the Cardinals got to where they are by making good major league talents wait their turn. I suspect they'll do the same with Piscotty. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-04-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)5 MLB Astronauts to save the world...go!
(Shark Normandini from H-Town)
Juan Uribe - Old Vet who's full of Wisdom
Jose Fernandez - Young Hot Shot with loads of promise
Giancarlo Stanton - Dreamboat
Matt Holliday - Quite reserved guy just there to get the job done
Yasiel Puig - The ultimate wild card (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-03-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)When is Matt Holliday's breakdown going to start? Projection for this year?
(Ryan from Arlington)
Well, you could make the case that his performance breakdown has already begun--as Sam pointed out today in his article about Brandon Phillips, declines aren't always a straight slope, but Holliday's TAv has gone down for four straight seasons. That said, I'm not aware of any reason why he'd suddenly fall apart or be unable to stay healthy. PECOTA projects the same WARP as last season (3.4), with a slight bounceback on offense. (Ben Lindbergh)
2013-07-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Matt Holliday a good Nick Catellanos comp? (The St. Louis Matt Holliday minus the speed)
(The Dude from Work)
Would LOOOOOVE that as a Tigers fan, but I think it's lofty. Not sure he has *quite* that much power, but as a super-ceiling, it's not crazy. (Paul Sporer)
2013-04-04 11:00:00 (link to chat)Who has the biggest #rig in baseball? I'll guess Matt Holliday and go with 10".
(Josh from Chicago)
Holliday would not be my first guess. (Jason Parks)
2012-06-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)I've read the occasional article or thread about the HOF chances of Carlos Beltran and Lance Berkman, but not about their teammate, Matt Holliday. At age 32, how close is he to entering serious, reasonable discussions on a viable HOF candidacy?
(Paul from DC)
The Beltran and Berkman HOF speculation makes sense. They're both well above average players who are near the end of their career. Holliday is still pretty young, but has certainly been around long enough to consider.

He's a great player. In 8+ seasons, Holliday already has 33.3 WARP. That's no slouch. If he can stay healthy well into his 30s (say 37 or 38) and put up steady numbers, he might have a case. But if he hits a steep decline at, say, 35, I'm not sure his career is long enough or with high enough peaks to be HOF-worthy.

Not that there's anything wrong with being a regular All-Star! (Larry Granillo)
2011-10-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)It seems the fans in St. Louis are a little dissatisfied with Matt Holliday. Is there any chance they explore the trade market for him to free up money for Pujols and hand a starting gig to Craig?
(jmarsh from Bloomington, IN)
Good luck if they do, because he's got five more years guaranteed at $17 mil per. That's a commitment for any team, and not a wise one. (Steven Goldman)
2011-09-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)How long till the Matt Holliday contract with the Cardinals starts entering the same discussion as Zito's and Dunn's?
(Benny from Too Far)
Given that Holliday has already had two excellent seasons in St. Louis, I think he's already played his way out of Zito/Dunn territory. The contract only runs through his age-36 season, Holliday keeps himself in excellent shape, and he hasn't yet showed any signs of decline (which both Zito and, to a much lesser extent, Dunn both had even before they signed their contracts), so this could be the rare long-term deal that doesn't lead to too much grief for the team that dispensed it. The last couple years could still be an overpay at $17 million, but I don't see this one ever entering the same discussion. (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-03-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Should Cardinals fans be concerned about the fact that Matt Holliday hasn't appeared in any spring-training games in over a week, or is the team just being super-cautious with a guy who's basically ready to go?
(Bill from New Mexico)
I think they are just being supercautious. I don't get any indication that he's seriously hurt. (John Perrotto)
2010-02-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Cardinals gotta like David Freese's price? I hope they do...your 2013 St. Louis Cardinals - Matt Holliday, Albert Pujols, and 23 guys making league minimum...like David Freese.
(Paul from LA)
That'll only be a problem if the economy doesn't start growing again, or if MLB just doesn't grow over the next few years, for whatever reason. In fact, if I were them I'd be trying to get Albert signed right now, because it's entirely possible that the market will be in much better shape next winter. (Shawn Hoffman)
2010-01-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Congrats on the new role, but this question gets back to your traditional "on the beat" one. Did you ever pick up any indications that anyone was seriously in the hunt for Matt Holliday but the Cardinals? Or were they just bidding against themselves?
(Bill from New Mexico)
I don't think anyone else was willing to go to $100 million on Holliday, which surprises me that the Cardinals went all the way to $120 million. Also, thanks for the congrats. Can't tell you how excited I am about this new role at BP. (John Perrotto)
2009-10-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)Which team should want Matt Holliday the most?
(dtwhite from Toronto)
Any AL Central team except the Royals, because the marginal value of Holliday might be enough to make any of them the division favorite, and he'd play for all four teams. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-10-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)How valuable do you think Matt Holliday is right now? I'm still not convinced he can be a star outside of Coors Field. Lots of people seem very high on him after his great numbers in 270 plate appearances with St. Louis, but he spent 400 plate appearances doing nothing special in Oakland.
(The Flying Bernard from Acton, MA)
I'm with you, in that I'm a bit skittish about getting wild and paying out a five-year deal that might rate push towards the nine-digit range in total value. He peaked with an EqA in the .320 range at the expected time; now, heading into his thirties and perhaps more properly down around .300 from year to year, there's no way I get that crazy. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-10-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)The Mets have identified Matt Holliday as their number 1A target after John Lackey. So where does he end up - St. Louis for less money or in NY?
(Moose from Whippleville, NY)
The Yankees will need a LF, too, and have a ton of money coming off the payroll again. That's not to say he'll end up there, just making the point. I'm not sure there's value in this year's market--good players, not great ones, who will end up overpaid for being best in class.

I have no real idea where Holliday will end up. I guess I should reiterate the point that the reasons these guys sign are often inscrutable to us, comparable to the same reasons any of us might relocate. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-10-06 13:30:00 (link to chat)Stock question: Where does Matt Holliday wind up? If the answer is not "St. Louis," what do the Cardinals do to replace him? That post-trade surge certainly seemed to make a point about the need for somebody like him.
(Bill from New Mexico)
That's a great question. I know he likes St. Louis but I really question whether the Cardinals will be able to carry both Holliday and Pujols on the same payroll. He makes sense for the Yankees but I'm hearing they are not going to bust the bank for him. It will be very intriguing. I think the Angels will be in the fray, too, and might just get him. (John Perrotto)
2009-10-06 13:30:00 (link to chat)John -- Do you think Tony LaRussa will be back with the Cardinals next year? How much of this is contingent on them signing Matt Holliday (of whom Tony is a huge fan)? Or on keeping Dave Duncan around?
(Matt from Chicago)
I think La Russa is staying, regardless of Holliday and Duncan. He seemed very content when I caught up him in early September, probably as content as I've ever seen him. I have a gut feeling if they win it all this year, he might retire. He didn't give any hints of that but it's just a suspicion I have. (John Perrotto)
2009-10-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of contract would you sign Jason Bay for? I wouldn't want to go longer than 3 years, or 3 with a vesting option. I don't think he will age well into his mid-late 30's.
(shall14 from Beverly, MA)
Sorry, folks, connectivity issue.

I would be leery of a long commitment to Bay. His defense hasn't really recovered from the knee injury, which limits his overall value. I'm not a big Matt Holliday guy, but Bay and Holliday will be comps this winter, and while I think Holliday will be overpaid, Bay might be *really* overpaid. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-09-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)Should Oakland try for a Fielder in a trade?
(tonipeluso from Oakland)
You have to build a roster from the middle out. No team with that kind of up-the-middle should spend prospects and cash on a first baseman, and in retrospect, I should have said that about the Matt Holliday trade. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-09-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)J.J. Hardy to the Red sox makes a lot of sense, no? What would this do to his fantasy value?
(tommybones from brooklyn)
He would leave the NL, but he would also enter the best park for doubles in the majors. I think he'd do pretty alright for himself, and the Red Sox would be a much better team for it. Hardy is part of my personal plan to make the Red Sox a more well-rounded club in 2010. Matt Holliday is another obvious part of that, given his glove and similarity to Bay with the bat. (Marc Normandin)
2009-09-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Writer justification for not voting for Pujols: "If he was truly the Most Valuable, how come they didn't start to win until they brought in Matt Holliday? How can he be the Most Valuable if he couldn't carry a team with Chris Carpenter and Wainwright by himself." Bonus fun fact, John Flahery, when speaking of Jeter's candidacy, intimated that Jeter would suffer from voters not being able to see all the little things he does every day. That's right, he essentially said that Jeter would be underexposed. Keep in mind that his main competition plays for Minnesota. Ugh.
(fjm(anuel) from NY)
I don't know if it's a one-year blip, but Jeter's been pretty good defensively this year according to UZR. He's still behind Mauer as far as win value goes, but I just thought it was worth mentioning. The normal gulf between the two doesn't exist, though Mauer's as far ahead of Jeter as Pujols is of Utley. (Marc Normandin)
2009-08-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)All right, Steve, what is your forecast for the St. Louis Cardinals from here until their season ends, whenever that may be?
(Jake from St. Louis)
I think they're going to hold on and win the division, and their pitching is strong enough that they could surprise in the playoffs. I'm also fascinated by Matt Holliday's post-acquisition hot streak, which is now over 80 PAs, shades of Cesar Cedeno in 1985. I do worry about the pitch-to-contact propensities of everyone except Wainwright and Carpenter if forced to face a superior offense, and you'd like to see them heat up one more bat, but it doesn't seem like that's going to happen at this late date. Losing Glaus has really hurt - .222/.291/.376 from Cards' 3Bmen this year. (Steven Goldman)
2009-05-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Matt Holliday to the Giants -- possible?
(bowie from cal)
Sure, if they climb down and cough up the territorial rights to San Jose plus a worthy prospect or two, I suppose they could talk. Failing that, I'd trade him to the Dodgers for good stuff, just to spite the neighbors. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-03-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Most think that Matt Holliday is going to be an Athletic for one season at the most. Do you think I can convince him that leaving for greener pastures might be less important than winning? Didn't really work out for me in NY.
(Jason Giambi from Oakland)
I expect that money will speak louder and that Billy will happily collect the draft pick... It's hard to say that Giambi's NY sojourn was a bust either -- he didn't get a ring, but overall things were good, and he was popular - far more so than, say, A-Rod, despite some similar problems. (Steven Goldman)
2009-03-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of slash stats do you see Matt Holliday putting up this year? I think he will be affected a bit by moving out of Colorado, but still be pretty good (like 290/375/500).
(Sorrento from Cleveland)
PECOTA has him down for .291/.366/.492, which is certainly possible. Given his road rates the past three years though (.296/.370/.486), that looks about right, though I wonder how much leaving the NL for the AL and moving to a very pitcher friendly park will affect him. Fantasy wise, if the A's offense is improved like we think it is, at least he'll be able to keep plenty of R and RBI, but the homers and average are definitely shooting down from his usual figures. (Marc Normandin)
2009-01-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you make of Matt Holliday's comments about Bobby Crosby swinging the bat well after work out with Mark McGwire? Do the A's still bring in Cabrera (costing them a 2nd round pick) or just go with some combination of Crosby, Pennington, and Petit?
(Dave from Chicago)
I'll believe it when I see it. That's not to say I don't trust Holliday, it's just that you hear those kinds of stories all the time, and people seem to still be willing to give Crosby the benefit of the doubt.

I don't think Cabrera is worth the pick. Maybe the A's should just call the Cubs, and send over one of their non-prospects in exchange for another middle infielder they don't want to use. (Marc Normandin)
2008-12-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)With A's seemingly out of the running for Furcal and stuck with Crosby at shortstop, would you start testing the market for Matt Holliday?
(Dave from Chicago)
Too soon. I mean, you always listen, but there's no reason to panic. Besides, there's such a glut of corner OFs that Holliday's trade value wouldn't be that high at the moment. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-09-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Christina: If all of them were FA this offseason, who will command the best contract: Sabathia, Sheets, Lackey, Matt Holliday, Dunn, Burrell, Texeira or Ryan Howard?
(Joe from Tewksbury, MA)
I don't think anybody on that list could command what Sabathia will get. I think the more interesting question is whether he gets Zito-level money or what. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-08-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Steven, How surprised at you that Matt Holliday is flirting with a 30/30 season, despite missing almost a month? He could always run a little but did you ever expect this type of steals production from him? Is this a one year thing or will he continue to run like this?
(bateman19 from Boston)
I think it's really cool. In a way, it's always more admirable/exciting when a non-burner picks his spots and has a great basestealing season - Holliday has only been caught once. I mean, Jose Reyes can steal a base when he feels like it, but a player like Holliday really has to pick his spots, so you're not just seeing speed at work, but also smarts. I don't really think this will be a regular thing given his age - he'll go back to his previously established levels. I'm reminded of Kevin McReynolds' 1988... (Steven Goldman)
2008-08-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Wikipedia's list of position players who have had Tommy John surgery: Rocco Baldelli, Joe Borchard, Shin-Soo Choo, Chris Denorfia, Rusty Greer, Luis Gonzalez, Matt Holliday, Norris Hopper, Cezar Izturis, Kelly Johnson, Xavier Nady, and Vance Wilson. Also, Jose Canseco could be included but doesn't really count since he blew out his arm while pitching.
(Gump from nyc)
Jimmy Wales is a great guy, but .... man, that's a really incomplete list. (Will Carroll)
2008-07-30 12:30:00 (link to chat)John, In your recent "on the beat" column you mentioned that Matt Holliday has been carrying a miserable offense. Is there any reason to believe that the Rox will make an aggressive move to sign him in the off-season, or is it more likely he is dealt!? thanks.
(Carl from Denver)
I think Boras will take him to free agency and look to get a megadeal. (John Perrotto)
2008-07-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)What starting pitchers (if any) would be an acceptible return for Matt Holliday in a one-for-one trade? I'm in a head-to-head league & thinking about punting average & bolstering my current rotation of Kazmir/Shields/Baker/Duch/Wandy/Buchholz
(ted from the cubicle)
Santana/Beckett/Webb/Hamels/Lincecum/Haren/Sabbathia, for sure. Kazmir if he weren't on your team already. I think that the risk of Holliday getting dealt is very real, and looking at his home/road splits, you might want to get out in front of that trade. (Jeff Erickson)
2008-03-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's the earliest you can justify taking your man crush Hart?
(Steve from Southfield, MI)
I'd say anytime after Matt Holliday is drafted is fine, assuming he goes where he belongs. You may be better off with Beltran or Sizemore, but probably not significantly so. (Marc Normandin)
2008-02-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Should I go for the steady production of a Matt Holliday or Chase Utley or the enormous upside with Ryan Braun, if I want to win this year? And for the next three years?
(Will Thompson from Fullerton, CA)
I'd go in that order, but in three years, I'm not sure Braun isn't one of the top five hitters in the game. (Will Carroll)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-07-13 16:30:00All-Star GameI'm used to seeing Matt Holliday not catch balls on Fox in prime time games in front of millions. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-11-02 17:00:002009 WS Game FiveCouple years back, Utley's agent gambled with a long term deal. Instead of free agency at the end of this year, he's essentially trading it for a 4 x 15 deal. Honestly, that's not too bad. Matt Holliday's going to get more, but not much more. It's only in comparison to Howard's deal where it looks shabby. (Will Carroll)
2009-11-02 17:00:002009 WS Game FiveCouple years back, Utley's agent gambled with a long term deal. Instead of free agency at the end of this year, he's essentially trading it for a 4 x 15 deal. Honestly, that's not too bad. Matt Holliday's going to get more, but not much more. It's only in comparison to Howard's deal where it looks shabby. (Will Carroll)
2009-11-02 17:00:002009 WS Game FiveAfter Ryan Howard's Matt Holliday impression at the plate last night, it would be a shame if Damon had been called out there. (Dan Wade)
2009-10-16 13:00:00NLCS Game Two/ALCS Game OneMcCarver says Matt Holliday lost it in the lights? That's the first time I've heard that excuse called upon. Looked like he couldn't decide whether to keep the glove up or turn for a basket catch. (Jay Jaffe)
 

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