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

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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.