Matt Holliday and Jason Bay might be the two best players in the 2009 free agent class, but their high price tags and agents may deter their value.
Both Holliday and Bay have had great careers, but with a recession upon the United States and owners shrinking budgets both may rely on their agents for higher salaries and longer contracts.
Holliday is represented by super-agent Scott Boras, who squeezes every last dime out of owners. Look at Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran, all have asked for top pay checks and gotten them. Now Holliday is faced with a decision; wait for big money that might not come or return to the Cardinals for a little less money and play behind Albert Pujols.
The decision may seem easy for many, but not with Boras calling the shots. The Cardinals are currently waiting to hear back from Boras on the teams latest offer. The terms of which were not disclosed, but are believed to be 8 years and $96 million dollars. The team plans to move on to plan B as early as mid-next week.
Aside from St. Louis, Holliday has drawn interest from the Yankees and Red Sox. The Yankees seem ready to bring back left field incumbent Johhny Damon, but with Boras also representing Damon, he might try and use the Yankees to milk out more dough from the Cardinals.
Bay also faces a similar decision; take four years and stay in Boston or five and go else where. Bay's agent Joe Urbon, has said that that Bay has "moved on" from the Red Sox, but with the support and success he has found there, the door might not close until Bay signs off on a new deal for someone else.
Bay has drawn interest from the Mets and Mariners as well as Boston. The Mets seem willing to give him five years, which might ultimatly force Bay to leave.
Boras and Urbon are currently running the tables, but time might be running out for either to return back to their former teams.