Matt Holliday sat out four of the Cardinals’ final seven games, including the regular season finale, with a back injury, but the left fielder will be in the lineup when the NLDS begins tonight.
Appearing on MLB Network Radio this morning, Holliday said: “Everything’s cleared up, my back feels good, I’m ready to roll.”
Holliday missed 21 games this season, but was his usual self at the plate while hitting .300 with 22 homers and an .879 OPS
Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Brewers may be interested in Jake Arrieta.
The Brewers could definitely use a front line starter, especially with Jimmy Nelson slated to miss a good chunk of next season due to a rotator cuff injury. Arrieta will be expensive, obviously, but the Brewers have a lot more payroll flexibility than most teams, with only minimal money due on long term contracts. Most of that is for Ryan Braun, but even the outlay for him is reasonable, with deferred money involved. Tom Haudricourt of the Journal-Sentinel laid all of that out back in October.
Milwaukee had a surprisingly good 2017 and they have the ability to add in free agency or to take on salary in trades if they want to. Maybe they don’t get Arrieta but they could make a splash this offseason.