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Cardinals unlikely to pick up Holliday option, Mozeliak says

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( -- John Mozeliak on Friday announced the possibility the team will pick up Matt Holliday's 2017 option is "low."

Holliday, 36, has been on the disabled list since mid-August with an injured thumb. He was activated ahead of Friday night's game against the Pirates at Busch.

Mozeliak says the team will try to give Holliday a proper send-off, saying the team will look to get him into a game this weekend.

The veteran outfielder was too emotional to speak to the media Friday, but released a statement through the team:

"I would like to thank Mr. Dewitt, Mo and the entire ownership group for the opportunity to play for the St. Louis Cardinals.

I am proud of what we have accomplished on and off the field during the past seven years. I have also been humbled by the incredible support and participation in our Homers for Health program. 

It has been an honor to play in front of such great fans and for such a historic organization. I can honestly say it has been a dream come true. 

While I’m disappointed this could be it here in St. Louis, I understand that it might be time to move on. 

I’d like to express my love and admiration for Tony, Mike and all of the coaches and staff that I have had the pleasure to do life with these past 7+ years. 

The most emotional part of this is my teammates and the relationships I’ve built with some of these guys over the years. Particularly, Adam and Yadi, to be considered part of the core with two of the finest human beings I’ve ever known 

Finally, I’m eternally thankful for the Lord bringing me to the city of St. Louis in August of 2009. Lots of cool stuff has happened since then. On behalf of my wife Leslee and our children Jackson, Ethan, Gracyn and Reed - Thank you!


Holliday signed a seven year deal in 2010 with a $17 million club option for 2017.

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