Today's Matt Holliday rumors don't pass the smell test

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Jon Heyman ads a smidgen more to Buster’s earlier tweet:

“[The Cardinals] offered holliday
at least 6 years and $100-million-plus at some point. but he didnt
accept and is still talking to multiple teams

That particular wording doesn’t necessarily clarify anything. “[A]t least
6 years” could still mean that it was $100 million over, say, eight
years with option years as a part of that.  “he didn’t accept” doesn’t
mean that he rejected it, and “is still talking to multiple teams”
doesn’t mean that they’re seriously talking back to him. Despite what appears to be an attempt by someone to show otherwise, there’s nothing here that suggests anything new in the Cardinals-Holliday relationship.

Indeed, the events of today — from the baloney Ringolsby report about the Orioles offer
to this slow leak of an offer from the Cardinals that seems geared to
sound higher than it really is smacks of Boras trying to talk up
Holliday’s market and create some energy where not much exists. I
suspect that there’s panic on the streets of Newport Beach after the
Bay deal and the Yankees’ firm statement that they’re not interested. Holliday and Boras know that there’s not much else
out there besides the Cardinals offer and they’re trying to drum something up.

If there really are “other teams,” as first Ringolsby and now Heyman report, I’d love for someone to name one
without having it denied ten minutes later. Until then, I’m going to
believe that this is just a lot of smoke, and it’s the result of Boras
rubbing sticks together, not any heat emanating from any real pursuit
of Matt Holliday. 

Report: Mark Trumbo signs three-year, $37.5 million contract with Orioles

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 04:  Mark Trumbo #45 of the Baltimore Orioles runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run in the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays during the American League Wild Card game at Rogers Centre on October 4, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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Update #2 (6:21 PM EST): Make that $37.5 million, per Heyman.

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Update (6:02 PM EST): The deal is for “around” $37 million with deferrals that lower the present-day value, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that free agent 1B/OF Mark Trumbo is close to a deal with the Orioles. He first reported that the two sides were back in touch earlier on Thursday afternoon. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the deal is expected to be for three years and under $40 million.

Trumbo’s market hasn’t developed as he expected. The slugger turned down the Orioles’ $17.2 million qualifying offer back in November. Then the Orioles reportedly made a four-year contract offer to him in December but pulled it off the table. Most recently, a report indicated that Trumbo lowered his expectations to a three-year deal in the $40-50 million range.

Trumbo, 31, led the majors with 47 homers for the Orioles this past season. He also hit a solid .256/.316/.433 with 108 RBI in 667 plate appearances. With Trumbo back in the fold and some slight offensive upgrades made, the Orioles figure to have a formidable offense in 2017.

Astros avoid arbitration with Mike Fiers

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 17: Starting pitcher Mike Fiers #54 of the Houston Astros walks to the dugout after pitching an inning during a game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on September 17, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. The Astros won the game 2-1. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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The Astros avoided arbitration with pitcher Mike Fiers, agreeing on a $3.45 million salary for the 2017 season, per Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle. The right-hander was in his first of three years of arbitration eligibility.

Fiers, 31, made 30 starts and one relief appearance for the Astros in 2016. He finished the year with a 4.48 ERA and a 134/42 K/BB ratio in 168 2/3 innings.

Fiers had a much better showing in 2015 as well as in limited action in 2014, so the Astros are hoping he rediscovers that effectiveness going forward. He’ll slot into the back of the starting rotation.