Matt Holliday said Saturday that he would shift to right field if the Cardinals needed him to in order to bring in another bat, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch .
"It would take some adjustment but I don't think it would be that big a deal," Holliday said of the offer that was originally extended after the July 31 trade deadline passed.
Despite the odd timing of making the offer after the trade deadline passed, Holliday said it was not tied to the availability of Manny Ramirez, but simply to help the team after Ryan Ludwick was dealt to San Diego for starting pitcher Jake Westbrook.
"It came up as soon as we traded Ryan," manager Tony La Russa recalled. "[Holliday] said, 'If there's somebody that just plays that one spot, I'll move.' He's an athlete. That would not be a problem at all."
Holliday has never played right field in a regular-season game but did start in right during the 2008 All-Star Game with Ryan Braun drawing the start in left. Oddly enough, Ludwick replaced Braun in left later in the game.Right field for St. Louis is currently occupied by Jon Jay, with the team considering a platoon of Jay and minor-leaguer Allen Craig. Jay, 25, is hitting .313/.366/.453 in 271 plate appearances. While he should be a quality major-leaguer over his career, Jay is playing over his head and is likely to regress.
That wouldn't be a major concern if the team wasn't struggling so much at the plate -- enough that the Cards may decide to pursue a more-established star to play right field -- or perhaps left.
Left fielders that will be free agents include Pat Burrell, Johnny Damon, Corey Patterson (who plays center field as well), Scott Podsednik (who can also play center) and Manny Ramirez.
-- Evan Brunell
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