Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has his finger on the pulse of the Cardinals…
- GM John Mozeliak explained that his offer for Matt Holliday will be firm: "I think it's fair to say when we present an offer, that's pretty much going to be our position. We're not really interested in becoming involved in a long, drawn-out back-and-forth." As is typical of these situations, Mozeliak would like the situation to be resolved more quickly than Scott Boras typically works.
- Where would the Holliday money go if the slugger signs elsewhere? A veteran third baseman is one possibility, though the Cards haven't expressed interest in Chone Figgins. Mark DeRosa could still fit at third base or even left field if Holliday leaves.
- Strauss has Mozeliak saying earlier this week that the Holliday money could be allocated toward the rotation (but probably not for a John Lackey signing).