The MLB trade deadline is rapidly approaching and each day there are more and more rumors that circulate the net. One of the more interesting ones has the St. Louis Cardinals possibly pursuing Oakland A’s outfielder Matt Holliday.

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The Cardinals traded for Mark DeRosa (Cleveland Indians) a couple weeks ago, but still have a massive desire to add a bat to help protect slugger Albert Pujols in the lineup. Holliday, whom St. Louis tried to acquire via trade with Colorado last season, would certainly fit the bill.

Holliday started off incredibly slow, but is starting to heat up again at the plate. Through Thursday, he’s hitting .286 with 11 home runs and 54 RBI. Considering he would be going back to the NL (where he excelled for some many years before being trading to Oakland) if he were traded to St. Louis, those numbers would likely continue to climb.

A’s GM Billy Beane figures to want a top prospect for Holliday and the Cardinals have one in Brett Wallace, who was Baseball America’s 40th-best prospect entering the season. If the Cards is willing to include Wallace in a deal, Holliday could be on his way to St. Louis soon.

Oddsmakers from online sports book Sports Interaction have listed the Cardinals at 14/1 to win the 2009 World Series and 7/1 to win the National League Pennant.

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Posted: 7/23/09 9:40PM ET