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How much longer will Matt Holliday be in Colorado?

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If you've been following the mess in Colorado, you know the Rockies' 15-26 start might be killing more than just the chances of another National League title in the Mile High City.

Indeed, now that the Rox are 11 games behind Arizona in the NL West, there's a good shot that Matt Holliday, the face of the franchise and avid RBI Baseball fan, could be sent packing in an attempt by Colorado GM Dan O'Dowd to get prospects and avoid the headache of dealing with a Scott Boras-led negotiation, Jerry Reinsdorf style.

Over on FoxSports, Ken Rosenthal does a great job of breaking down the situation, even giving us six rosters — Indians, Cardinals, Yankees, A's, Mariners and Mets — on which Holliday could land.

Writes Rosenthal:

Holliday, 28, could be this year's Mark Teixeira — a Scott Boras client traded with a year-plus remaining on his contract by a team seeking value for a franchise-type player.

The Rockies signed Holliday to a two-year, $23 million deal in January, but could lose him as a free agent after the 2009 season and receive only draft picks in return.

I'm a little torn on this one. On one hand, I'd like to see Holliday stay with the franchise he willed into playoffs and then the World Series last fall. For so long, the Rockies didn't have a real identity and now with guys like Holliday, Troy Tulowitzki, Garrett Atkins, etc., they're finally getting one.

On the other, it's no secret that Boras isn't keen on offering hometown discounts or shaving off contract years when more is being offered elsewhere. If the Rockies really don't want to pay Holliday Miguel Cabrera-type money, it's time to start looking at the best package of prospects they could get for him. If Boras isn't going to get sentimental, then neither should O'Dowd.

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