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Albert Pujols Contract: Matt Holliday Would Defer Money

Matt Holliday, signed to a seven-year, $120 million contract before last season to be Albert Pujols’ second banana indefinitely, suggested on an interview with Mike & Mike that he’d defer money from his own long-term contract to help the St. Louis Cardinals work out Albert Pujols’s contract.

Holliday’s contract already has $2 million a year deferred for the length of the contract; said Holliday, “If they came to me and said, ‘Hey, this is what it’s going to take to get Albert done, would you do it again or do more?‘… if that’s what it took, I’d be willing to do that.” Having realized what he said, he added, “Scott [Boras] probably wouldn’t like me to say that…”

Holliday hit .322/.390/.532 with 28 home runs and 103 RBI in his first full season with the Cardinals; after being traded to St. Louis in 2009 he helped the Cardinals to a playoff berth by hitting .353/.419/.604 down the stretch. This public offer probably wipes the last negative feelings out from his ostensibly slow start in 2010.