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Matt Holliday Traded... to the A's?

Posted on: November 10, 2008 5:31 pm
[Top 15 Prospects: Milwaukee Brewers can be found underneath this article]

Whoa there partner, are you trying to tell me that Billy Beane made a move to acquire a superstar going into the last year of his contract, rather than the other way around?   When I first heard it I hardly believed it - especially since the Cardinals seemed like a good suitor - but, then I thought about it, and realized this move makes perfect sense.

First of all, I have heard the deal is imminent, but not finalized, so the deal I am about to analyze may be slightly different than the one that becomes official in the coming days, or hours. 

The Deal: Matt Holliday to the Athletics - The Rockies receive RP Huston Street, SP Greg Smith, and OF Carlos Gonzalez

If this ends up being the deal, and I expect it to be, I love it for all parties involved, and I will tell you why. 

-I love this deal for my own selfish reasons.  You see the Athletics did not give up any of their prospects, which means I will not have to go back, and do the work adjusting the A's, and Rockies top 15 prospects lists.  Yay!

-The Rockies come out winners because they get the closer they  are so desperate for.  They also receive a competent SP in Greg Smith, and a future star OF in Carlos Gonzalez, and I assure you Gonzalez is a future star.  Holliday was not going to stay in Colorado after next season, he made that clear when he rejected the 80 million dollar extension the Rockies offered him last offseason.  Now, you could argue the Rockies should have kept him, and traded him at the deadline next July, but you cannot count on that deal being as good as this one, and they were able to send Holliday out of the NL, and to the AL.  Nice moves.

-The A's also benefit, I think they immediately become a playoff contender in 2009, best of all they did it without sacrificing any of their prospects, pure Billy Beane.  Just to let you know the A's claim they will not look to flip Holliday at the deadline in 2009, and I suspect they will attempt to resign him to a long term deal.  Holliday is the perfect star to piece your team around, once the A's farm system starts to pump out star players (like Brett Anderson, Trevor Cahill, James Simmons, Adrian Cardenas, and plenty of others I will cover when I finally get to the A's system in my top 15 prospects series).  If Holliday decides Oakland is not for him, or the Athletics do not agree on an asking price with Boras they will collect two first round picks for Holliday, and no one knows how to use their draft picks like the A's. 

-The big winner in this deal is without a doubt the AL West.  Seriously, this deal makes the AL West relevant again.  Gone are the days of picking the Angels at the beginning of the season, and ignoring it the rest of the year.  The A's will be competitive this upcoming season, and, due to their fantastic farm system, the next several seasons, at least.  Also the Rangers looked good in 2008, and seem poised to add a big free agent this offseason.  If there is a loser in this deal, its the NL West since it now looks like they will be losing two of their best players in Holliday, and the soon to be moved Peavy. 

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2008 9:12 am

Matt Holliday Traded... to the A's?

In 2008 the Athletics had a payroll around 48 million.  They are looking to push it up to 80 million if necessary.  That is a significant increase, and gives them to, not only resign Holliday, but make noise elsewhere as well. 

-It is possible the A's could stay quite following the Holliday trade, then increase payroll, again, when they resign him next year.

Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2008 8:03 pm

Matt Holliday Traded... to the A's?

Though it does make them a contender. If the increase the payroll bigtime then I think this is a good move, but I need to see more.

Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2008 8:02 pm

Matt Holliday Traded... to the A's?

Not a fan of the move for the A's. I don't think it makes too much sense to trade for a guy that will make almost as much as everyone combined.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2008 5:42 pm

Matt Holliday Traded... to the A's?

The A's have decided to increase payroll.  The way I envision it Holliday will be making 18, or 20 million a year, and the rest of the roster will be making 400,000 dollars.  Now I understand the A's could easily lose him as well, but the roster they will have going into 2010 will be incredibly talented. 

I never said they were a lock to make the playoffs, but they certainly become a contender to win the division, or fight for the wildcard.  The A's pitching staff needs some help, especially now that they lack a closer, but I trust Billy Beane to make the right, necessary moves before the season starts, better yet, before next season ends. 

Although I disagree, I cannot blame you for being skeptical.

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2008 5:35 pm

Matt Holliday Traded... to the A's?

I dissagree. The A's, as they stand now, will not make the playoffs next year, and I doubt they'll sign Holliday longterm. We saw with the Braves and Teixeira that even if you having money coming off the books, resigning your stars doesn't always work the way you anticipate.

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