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.

Marcus Stroman dealing with blister again

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Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman might be headed to the disabled list soon, manager John Gibbons told reporters following Friday’s rain-shortened loss to the Yankees. The righty lasted just four innings on the mound before calling it a night, and gave up five runs, six hits and two walks in a performance that Gibbons claimed was at least partially affected by recurring blister issues on his right middle finger. Now, it looks like he might be removed from the rotation for some much-needed rest and rehabilitation; if so, it’ll be his second such stint this year.

Stroman, 27, has struggled to return the kind of winning record and sub-4.00 ERA that characterized his previous seasons with the club, mostly due to the combined seven weeks he missed with blisters on his throwing hand and chronic fatigue in his right shoulder. In a recent start against the Rays, things got even more gruesome when his blister appeared to start bleeding in the middle of his outing and MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm notes that the wound has constantly interfered with the right-hander’s pitch selection and delivery. When healthy, Stroman has managed a 4-8 record through 18 starts in 2018 with a career-worst 5.27 ERA, 3.2 BB/9 and 6.8 SO/9 in 100 2/3 innings. This will be the first year since 2015 in which he has not logged at least 200 innings in a single season.

While Stroman may not need an extended stay on the DL before he returns to the mound, it’s not clear what kind of timetable the Blue Jays expect for his recovery. He’s been the second-most valuable starter (behind the now-traded J.A. Happ) in a rotation that currently ranks 17th in the majors with a combined 4.90 ERA and 6.8 fWAR.