A big deal has been made about the length of Matt Holliday's contract.á There's certainly a risk that his production could decline after age 35 or that a big injury will hit him. á But this is something the current Cardinals ownership and management have done when they want to lock down a player to be part of their core.á They've done it with Jim Edmonds, Scott Rolen, Albert Pujols, and technically, Chris Carpenter.á The Cards added five years with an option to the one year with an option remaining on his previous deal. That's a pretty good track record so far.á All of those guys were injured to varying degrees, which comes with the territory of signing someone to a long-term deal.á But when healthy, they all have been very productive players, all stars, Cy Young winners and MVPs ...
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