The Reds won't be able to afford to overpay for Matt Holliday in 2010, given the financial burdens within our organization.
Big Contracts for 2009:
While Gonzalez will be gone for 2010, we're still on the hook for Harang, Cordero, Arroyo, Phillips and I think Hernandez (he's got 1 left after 2009, right?). Let's not forget that our favorite CF doubles in price from 2009 to 2010, and Phillips will also increase in price.
Aaron Harang 14,000,000
Francisco Cordero 12,125,000
Bronson Arroyo 10,125,000
Ramon Hernandez 8,500,000
Alex Gonzalez 5,375,000
Brandon Phillips 5,187,500
So, even though we're losing the money wasted on Gonzalez, that money's most likely eaten up by the increase in price for Taveras and Phillips. Plus, isn't EE eligible for arbitration?
So, while I'd love to have Matt Holliday as a Red, we just don't have the financial resources to make it work.
Unless we get rid of Arroyo or Cordero or Hernandez, or all 3...