Colorado Rockies: Four Options for First Base in 2017
Option #2 – Sign Matt Holliday
The thought that former Colorado Rockie Matt Holliday might actually re-sign with the team has been a rumor that has been swirling ever since his St. Louis Cardinals were eliminated from the postseason chase. When I wrote about it in late September, it immediately became one of our most popular articles.
Holliday played five seasons with the Rockies and helped the team to the 2007 World Series. His 36 homers and 137 RBI placed him second in the 2007 MVP race and his slide into home to clinch Colorado’s place in the postseason is one of the most iconic moments of that season (and really team history).
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He’s hit 20 or homers in 10 of his 11 last seasons. He’s right-handed. He’s beloved by Rockies fans for the impact he had on the team during some of its best seasons. It all sounds just perfect, right? Well, there is one catch.
One of the reasons that Holliday isn’t re-upping with the Cardinals this season is that the team isn’t willing to spend $17 million on him. Will the Rockies be willing to shell out that kind of money? If this would be the final piece of the puzzle that would lift the team to the top of the National League West standings, sure. However, there’s still some money that will need to be spent on the bullpen as well.
Also, Holliday has played just 10 games in his career at first base. That’s not saying that he couldn’t work on it all offseason and gain experience quickly, but it is a fact to know.
The Rockies leadership has hinted that they’re willing to open up the pocketbooks a little more this season and beyond. If that’s truly the case, Holliday could well find himself back in Colorado.