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Holliday to … the A’s?

If you still held out hope of seeing Matt Holliday in pinstripes, you can stop now.

ESPN is reporting that the Rockies are close to dealing Holliday to the Oakland A’s, in exchange for pitcher Greg Smith and some number of other players from a group including P Brett Anderson, OF Ryan Sweeney, OF Carlos Gonzalez and perhaps even closer Huston Street.

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Tags:  A's  Matt Holliday  Rockies

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1 Shaun P.   ~  Nov 10, 2008 5:09 pm

Ought to be interesting to see how this ends up. Does this mean Beane is trying to go for it in 2009? That'd be an interesting change in strategy, or at least in the public perception of his strategy, which has been "rebuild".

2 Alex Belth   ~  Nov 10, 2008 5:20 pm

Or does he flip him?

3 Diane Firstman   ~  Nov 10, 2008 5:33 pm


.... at the trade deadline next year, most likely ...

4 Bobtaco   ~  Nov 10, 2008 6:20 pm

If he stays the entire year, he is also bound to be worth 2 or 3 nice draft picks.

5 OldYanksFan   ~  Nov 10, 2008 9:02 pm

Frankly, we can afford to overpay for FAs, but in general, Im against any trades of real talent for real talent. We just don't have enough talent to trade.
So, Holliday is getting paid $13.5m in 2009. As a FA, he should get a AAV of $16m-$18m? So Beane has $4m in 'value' to bargain with?

The A's will flip him, but he should be an FA in 2010. I'm sure a team will want to negotiate for an extention, but unless it's a great offer from a team Holliday likes, I think he tests the FA waters.

6 Chyll Will   ~  Nov 10, 2008 9:16 pm

I'd have to see how well he translates to the AL first. Someone wondered why the Rockies were willing to make this trade so soon, and I'm wondering too...

7 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Nov 10, 2008 9:35 pm

[6] agreed Sir Chyll, a Rockie out of Coors is like a Fish without a Bicycle...or some such expression I can't think of...

8 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Nov 10, 2008 9:52 pm

oohhhh...just read that the great Miriam Makeba, the first great African singer to hit the world stage, died while performing in Italy...RIP Mama Africa...

9 Chyll Will   ~  Nov 10, 2008 11:01 pm

[8] Yeah, I saw that. Man, at least she went out doing what she loved. Quite coincidently, I watched "Amandla" just the day before; a documentary about the struggle against Apartheid from many South African musicians' perspectives, and she was prominent in it. Man she had a strong spirit, reminded me of the women in my family >;)

10 thelarmis   ~  Nov 11, 2008 12:05 am

well, if Street is indeed in the trade, might Beane go after Trevor Hoffman? He & the Pads are thru. he'll probably end up in Cleveland...

11 Cliff Corcoran   ~  Nov 11, 2008 2:14 am

A note on Holliday: on the road the last two years he's hit .304/.389/.486. He's a strong all-around player. I'm glad the Yankees didn't trade for him for the reasons OYF said above, but I have little doubt he'll continue to be an elite player in the AL and wouldn't mind if they went after him next winter.

12 Cliff Corcoran   ~  Nov 11, 2008 2:20 am

Thelarmis, Bean might just stick with Ziegler, as he doesn't seem like the sort that believes in "proven" closers. Or, if he's concerned about Justin Duchscherer's durability, he could convert him back to the pen and make him the closer.

13 RollingWave   ~  Nov 11, 2008 5:53 am

hey, this increasese the chances we sign him after 09 ;) unless he sucks after he leave coors of course.

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