It's finally official: the St. Louis Cardinals have retained All-Star outfielder Matt Holliday. Holliday and the club announced today that they've agreed to terms for a 7-year/$120 million contract that will keep the sweet-swinging slugger in St. Louis through 2016. The deal comes complete with a no-trade clause and a vesting option for 2017 that will kick in if he finishes in the top 10 for the 2016 National League MVP voting. While we can't be sure what the Cardinals are getting themselves into long-term, we can analyze where this puts the Redbirds in the present day. First, the Cardinals as a team have now cemented themselves (along with the defending champion Phillies) as a top-two team in the National League. They had the pitching; they now have the hitting to support super-slugger A ...
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Article written by Evan Bruschini