Mozeliak: No Plans To Defer Part Of Holliday’s Deal

A few days before the Albert Pujols deadline came and went without a long-term agreement, Matt Holliday said (in an ESPN Radio interview) that he would consider deferring part of his contract if it helped the Cardinals sign their superstar first baseman. GM John Mozeliak told's Jon Heyman that the team has no plans to accept Holliday's offer, and that it was "not game altering." (Twitter link)

Part of Holliday's seven year, $120MM contract is already deferred, to the tune of $2MM annually without interest. That money will be paid out from 2020 through 2029. Holliday did say in the interview that a scenario in which he deferred money to allow the team to sign Pujols was "very hypothetical," and that he had not been approached by the club about doing so.

8 Responses to Mozeliak: No Plans To Defer Part Of Holliday’s Deal Leave a Reply

  1. Brad426 4 years ago

    Right thing for Holliday to say, even if it never happens or wouldn’t be “game altering” in extending Pujols. Now he has that “he’s a real team player” aura around him.

  2. 5thumpire 4 years ago

    I usually wouldn’t comment, since I don’t care much about the Cards, but “he had not been approached by the club about doing do.” “Doing do” is just too good a typo to let go.

  3. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    I have a feeling, with Matt being a Boras client, he would not defer more money without something in exchange. It was nice to hear, in case it was something that would help, but I never thought anything would come of it.

    • phoenix2042 4 years ago

      just because you have the best agent does not mean you can’t be a team player. he has his mega contract, so what does he have to be worried about? just because a player decided to have the best agent, doesn’t mean he is selfish and egotistical; it’s good business.

      • stl_cards16 4 years ago

        Yes and it is also good business for when you give something, you get something. I’m not saying he would have some crazy demands. But it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he wanted a little interest involved in the deferred payment or something of that nature. Maybe he wouldn’t, and he just really wants Albert to stay. I said “I have a feeling” I didn’t state it as it was fact.

        • phoenix2042 4 years ago

          this is true. it is good business to get something out of it, i just don’t think it will be the type of thing where he gets the team in a strangle-hold because they need his money. it may just be that retaining albert allows the team to stay competitive and it is in his best interest to accommodate albert’s salary demands if he wants to play for a winner.

        • friscofan101 4 years ago

          i think him getting to play with albert for the remainder of his contract as oposed to having to carry the team as its best player would be the something he got out of it.

  4. bmoneyy20 4 years ago

    he is saying it because he doesnt want to finish in 5 place next year behind the pirates and their first .500 season in forever

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