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Cardinals GM John Mozeliak halts Matt Holliday-to-first buzz


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.

It sounds like Adrián Beltré is mulling retirement

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Rangers third baseman Adrián Beltré is dealing with a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring, marking the third time this season the 39-year-old has dealt with a hamstring issue. The injuries are weighing on Beltré, who sounds like he is mulling retirement.

Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports that Beltré said, “It brings the question of is this going to keep happening more often? Is it worth it to fight back? Is it a sign that it’s getting closer to time to say good-bye to you guys?”

In 358 plate appearances this season, Beltré has hit .278/.335/.394 with seven home runs and 41 RBI. His .729 OPS would be his lowest since 2009, when he put up a .683 OPS with the Mariners. Beltré is a free agent after the season and turns 40 years old in April. It wouldn’t be surprising if he decided to call it quits after this season. If he does hang ’em up, Beltré will be — in this writer’s humble opinion — a first-ballot Hall of Famer when he is eligible five years from retirement.