Free agent Holliday open to Rockies return

The Colorado Rockies need a first baseman and a familiar name is on the market.

Matt Holliday spent five seasons with the Rockies from 2004-08, where he racked up three All-Star nods and finished runner-up in MVP voting in 2007. After the St. Louis Cardinals declined his 2017 option this week, however, Holliday wouldn’t mind heading back to where it all began at Coors Field.

“I don’t have any idea of what my market will be but if they were competitive with their offer I’d definitely consider it,” Holliday told Troy E. Renck of 7News Denver.

One of Holliday’s biggest career moments came in 2007 as a member of the Rockies, when he scored the controversial winning run in the wild-card tiebreaker game against the San Diego Padres.

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If a reunion is in the cards, however, general manager Jeff Bridich likely doesn’t anticipate a long-term deal, as the club has touted infield prospects such as Ryan McMahon brewing in the minor leagues.

“There is a balance – we want to push players to develop, but we don’t want to rush players to develop,” Bridich said recently, according to’s Daniel Kramer. “There’s a fine line.”

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