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Unhappy with the offensive production from their outfield, the St. Louis Cardinals intend to intensify efforts to acquire Oakland A's left fielder Matt Holliday(notes), team and other sources, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Reluctant to commit a multi-player package to the Colorado Rockies for Holliday last November, the Cardinals are now open to sending a similar package to Oakland for the 2007 National League batting champion. Such a package would probably include right fielder Ryan Ludwick(notes) and either reliever Jason Motte(notes), Chris Perez(notes) or Kyle McClellan(notes), plus a prospect.

According to the Post-Dispatch, Holliday, 29, is a pending free agent who especially intrigued manager Tony La Russa as protection for his increasingly exposed first baseman, Albert Pujols(notes).

Ludwick, Ankiel and Chris Duncan(notes) have groped for consistency much of this season, with Ludwick and Duncan serving as La Russa's most frequent cleanup hitters.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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