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The Cardinals will not exercise Matt Holliday’s 2017 option

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CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 20: Matt Holliday #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts after strikin out to John Lackey #41 of the Chicago Cubs (not pictured) during the first inning at Wrigley Field on June 20, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

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Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals do not plan to exercise Matt Holliday’s $17 million option for 2017.
And, not surprisingly, will not extend him a similarly priced qualifying offer, either.

Holliday will be 37 when spring training begins and he is finishing his worst season as a major leaguer, having hit .242/.318/.450 with 19 homers over 424 plate appearances.

Injuries have not helped him -- he’s missed the last six weeks with a fractured thumb -- but it’s not like guys get healthier the older they get. Holliday will likely be looking at a massive pay cut for next year and a competition to make an Opening Day roster.

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