Cardinals hoping Matt Holliday will play again this season

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Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday just recently returned from the disabled list after missing six weeks with a torn quadriceps muscle and now he’s headed back to the DL with the same injury.

Missing another six weeks would leave Holliday with little time to play again during the regular season, but general manager John Mozeliak told Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that the Cardinals are hopeful the latest injury is less severe and will require a shorter recovery timetable.

Either way the Cardinals will likely be without Holliday until at least September, leaving rookie Stephen Piscotty as the primary left fielder and trade pickup Brandon Moss as the primary first baseman.

Voted into the All-Star game as a National League starter but unable to play, Holliday has hit .290 with four homers and an .830 OPS in 63 games at age 35. He’s topped an .800 OPS in all 12 of his MLB seasons and this year will be his first with fewer than 120 games played.

Gallegos agrees to $11M, 2-year contract with Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed Monday to an $11 million, two-year contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.

“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said Monday before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”

He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.

Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.

His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.

He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.

Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.

He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.