St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday is planning on playing baseball in 2017 despite the recent news out of St. Louis that the team won’t pick up his $17 million option for next season, per MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch.
The Cardinals will pay Holliday a $1 million buyout as opposed to the $17 option, while he will also be paid $18 million from 2020-2029.
Holliday released the following statement before St. Louis’ game versus the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night:
I would like to thank Mr. Dewitt, Mo and the entire ownership group for the opportunity to play for the St. Louis Cardinals.
I am proud of what we have accomplished on and off the field during the past seven years. I have also been humbled by the incredible support and participation in our Homers for Health program.
It has been an honor to play in front of such great fans and for such a historic organization. I can honestly say it has been a dream come true.
While I’m disappointed this could be it here in St. Louis, I understand that it might be time to move on.
I’d like to express my love and admiration for Tony, Mike, and all of the coaches and staff that I have had the pleasure to do life with these past 7+ years.
The most emotional part of this is my teammates and the relationships I’ve built with some of these guys over the years. Particularly, Adam and Yadi, to be considered part of the core with two of the finest human beings I’ve ever known.
Finally, I’m eternally thankful for the Lord bringing me to the city of St. Louis in August of 2009. Lots of cool stuff has happened since then. On behalf of my wife Leslee and our children Jackson, Ethan, Gracyn and Reed – Thank you!
Holliday (right thumb fracture) was activated from the 15-day disabled list last night and blasted a pinch-hit home run to put the Cardinals up 6-0 in a game they would go on to win 7-0:
Many thought that would be Holliday’s final regular season at-bat as a Cardinal, but Mike Matheny elected to use Holliday as a pinch hitter again today. The 36-year-old Holliday singled home Brandon Moss in the 6th inning in his one plate appearance in St. Louis’ 4-3 win today over Pittsburgh.
Holliday entered the 2016 season with 0 career RBIs as a pinch-hitter. He now has two in his many days.
Overall, 2016 has been a down year for Holliday in terms of his prior standard of play. The seven-time all-star Holliday has batted .246/.322/.461 with 20 homers and 62 RBIs. It’s likely Holliday will shift to the American League after this year, as he can still be a solid designated hitter for a contending club.
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