It's November 2009, and I remember all I could think about that offseason was, "I wish the Red Sox would cough up the cash and sign Left Fielder Matt Holliday." Thinking back on it now that may have been the best decision the Red Sox could have made in the last 3 or 4 offseasons. The riple affect that it could of had may have caused a different outcome to this team. I understand that hind sight is 20/20, but I thought signing Matt Holliday made so much sense that I seen no reason why the Red Sox wouldn't do it. Think about it...

Matt Holliday was only 28 (soon to be 29) years old. He played Left Feild, he was a right handed power bat. He was in his prime obviously being 29 years Old. If the Red Sox signed Matt Holliday they most likely would of not signed John Lackey, there would of been no need to sign Mike Cameron. By not signing Mike Cameron there would of been zero reason to move Jacoby Ellsbury to Left Field. The Red Sox would of not had any reason to Sign Carl Crawful the next offseason. They could of possibly used the money saved from that and aggresively entered the Cliff Lee sweep stakes. Like I said hind sight is 20/20, and we can't predict the future who knows Matt Holliday could of tore his ACL and may never have been the same again, he could of been worse than Carl Crawford but looking at his stats I don't believe so.


Some Stats:

                G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS

 vs. Lefties   487  1032   162 311 67 7 40  156 162 195  21  10 .301 
.401  .496  .897  
 vs. Righties   1069 3479 549 1101  251 
21  172 649  321 650 
72 22 .316 .382 .549 .931  


 Bases Empty   1064 2359  101  746  178 10 112 112 218 439 0 0 .316 .384 .543 .926  
 Runners On    1016  2152 610 666 140 18 100   693 265   406  93  
32   .309   .389  .531 .920  
 RISP   894 1275 513 372 80 11 49 558   188 248 27 4 .292 .386 .487 .873  
 RISP w/2 Outs   576 535 202 144 31 5 19 193 84 118 17 2 .269 .376 .452 .829  
 Bases Loaded   190 102 104 36 12 2 4 100 8 19 0 0 .353 .400 .627 1.027  


 None on/out   708 1009 54 327 88 7 60 60 93 181 0 0 .324 .390 .604 .994  
 None on:1/2 Out   1055 1350 47 419 
90 3 52 52 125 258 0 0 .310 .379 .497 .876  
 Men on, 2 outs   743 884  242 260 56  9 
 42 
255  120  177  56  17 
 .294  .385  .520  .905  
 Man on 3rd, < 2 outs   376 261 191 84  23 1 11  207 37 50 6 0 .322 .383 .544 .927  


 Count 2-1   197 
237 0 108 19 2 21 60 0 0 5 2 .456 .456 .819 1.275  
 After (2-1)   622 
777 0 246  58  4  40 151 224 182 13 6 .317 .470 .556 1.026  

 Batting 3rd   383 1499 282 472 103 8 77 
278 173   286   45  11 .315 .392 .548 .940  
 Batting 4th    583   2223   387   700  158 
11 
105  404 
260  
410 39  17  .315  .395 .538   .932  
 Batting 5th   73 290 39 91 20 6 11 51 11 47 4  1 .314 .341  .538  .879



 Pre-All Star   676 2555 413 793 180 17 106 415 268 472 48 17 .310 .382 .519 .901  
 Post-All Star   520 1956  377  619  138  11  106  390  215  373  45  15  .316  .392
.561  .952  
 

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/7311/splits;_ylt=AnRc9eeCw7ksxHg8eWRZCtaFCLcF?year=career&type=Batting


Matt Holliday has been fairly consistant throughout his carreer, he would of been the Right Handed #4 batter that we need hitting behind Adrian Gonzalez. He's been consistant his whole career decently durable, hitting between 20 - 35 Home Runs with 100 RBI's and a .380 - .400 OBP. He hits both Lefties and Righties very well and probably would average .300/30/100/.390/.600/1.000 something along those lines.

Sorry this was just something I always found interesting and wonder what other people thought about signing Matt Holliday at the time. I was not on these boards in 2009/2010 and I'm not sure what you guys thought about it, but I'm intersted to hear what you guys think.