The Phillies are among the many teams that have asked about Holliday and on Thursday, Colorado replied by asking about whether or not Shane Victorino could be included in a package for the powerful right-hand hitting Holliday. Including Victorino as part of the package isn't a deal-breaker for the Phillies, but it would be a hard pill for them to swallow, especially since Holliday is signed only for one season. It's also likely that the Rockies are going to want more than just Victorino.
Colorado has interest in young players in the Phillies system, such as Carlos Carrasco and Lou Marson. The Phillies likely have enough young players that they would be able to make a deal fit for the Rockies, if they're willing to part with the right combination of players that Colorado will be looking for.
Their pursuit of Holliday signals an active Plan B for leftfield with Pat Burrell eligible for free agency. Burrell has been adjusting his agent representation and has repeatedly said that his first choice is to stay in Philadelphia, but he and the Phillies haven't talked contract since an earlier, two-year, $22 million proposal was floated by the Phillies.
The Cardinals, A's, Mets and Rays are all interested in Holliday with the Phillies, A's and Cardinals being the lead contenders. St. Louis is considering whether they would include outfielder Ryan Ludwick in the deal to acquire Holliday.
So, with a steep price tag in what the Phillies would have to give up for Matt Holliday, would they be getting enough production in return?
Burrell just turned 32 in October and Holliday will turn 29 in January. With his superior numbers now, Holliday has the edge, but it's worth a look at their respective seasons when both were 28 years old. For Holliday, that would be this past season and for Burrell, it would be the 2005 season.