Cards offer to Holliday under $18 mil. per season

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Yesterday we heard that the Cardinals tendered a formal contract offer to free agent outfielder Matt Holliday.
Though no specific terms were mentioned at the time, this morning Joe
Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch cites ‘a source familiar with
the process’ as saying
the offer did not top $18 million per season.
This is notable because Holliday and agent Scott Boras turned down a
similar salary amount with the Rockies during the 2008 season.




The Cardinals hope to hear a
response from Holliday’s camp early next week, but they will almost
surely decline. This week in Indianapolis, Boras continued to compare
Holliday’s value to that of Mark Teixeira — you know, the guy that
signed an eight-year, $180 million contract with the Yankees last
December. The sooner Holliday says no, perhaps the sooner “Plan B” can begin.

Marlins to hold news conference on Monday

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The Marlins will hold a news conference on Monday, per a team announcement. The exact nature of the conference has not yet been disclosed, but MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro speculates that it is likely to focus on Víctor Víctor Mesa and Víctor Mesa Jr., two brothers and outfield prospects who have been linked to the organization over the last several weeks. CEO Derek Jeter and president of baseball operations Michael Hill are expected to be in attendance.

Víctor Víctor Mesa, 22, stands out as an above-average defender in center field and a premier talent in the international market. According to reports following the brothers’ workout at Marlins Park in early October, Víctor Víctor carries plenty of power potential at the plate, though it’s not yet clear how that will translate to in-game opportunities. The young outfielder produced a lifetime .279/.329/.371 batting line, 11 home runs, 76 stolen bases, and a .701 OPS over six seasons with the Matanzas and Industriales of the Cuban National Series and the Cuban national team during the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

There’s more uncertainty around 17-year-old Víctor Mesa, Jr., who was noted by scouts for his athleticism and above-average arm during the international prospects’ showcase several weeks ago. He previously played for Cuba’s 18U national team and appears to have potential in the outfield as well.

An additional report from Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald clarifies that the Mesa brothers have already been in Miami for the past few days and are thought to have undergone the medical examinations necessary to sign with the team. If that’s the case, the club is in position to announce the signings next week. MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez adds that Víctor Víctor Mesa could command a signing bonus upwards of $5 million, while Víctor Mesa Jr. stands to receive something in the ballpark of $1 million.