On Friday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports suggested that Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday was working out at first base in Florida ahead of a potential position change, which would allow the club to bolster its outfield. GM John Mozeliak tamped down that buzz on Saturday, saying, “We’ve kind of thrown some things out there in the past to a number of players, Matt being one of them, and we believe where he is, is probably the best spot for him,” per a report from Brian Stull of St. Louis Baseball Weekly.
Holliday, who turns 36 in January, played in only 73 games during the 2015 season due to a quadriceps injury. Ostensibly, his consideration at first base would be an attempt to limit the wear-and-tear on his body as he enters the last year of his seven-year, $120 million contract. The Cardinals will pay Holliday $17 million in 2016 plus $1 million to buy him out next season.
Holliday hit .279/.394/.410 with four home runs and 35 RBI in 277 plate appearances this past season. He has never finished a season with an OPS below .800, but his .804 in 2015 was a career-low.
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.
Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.
The entire camp was placed in quarantine.
“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”
Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.
The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.
“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”