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Oakland acquires Holliday from Colorado

Posted on: November 10, 2008 3:32 pm
Edited on: November 10, 2008 9:14 pm

The ever-unpredictable Oakland Athletics have acquired slugger Matt Holliday from Colorado, sources with knowledge of the talks have confirmed to,, pending the outfielder's passing a physical examination on Tuesday.

The Rockies will receive outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, left-handed pitcher Greg Smith and closer Huston Street in return, though they may not keep Street. One source said Monday that the Rockies are prepared to turn around and trade him -- though to which team he wasn't sure.

St. Louis, the New York Mets, Detroit, Cleveland and Tampa Bay are among the clubs in the market for a closer this winter, though the Tigers do not appear to be involved with Street.

The early strike for Holliday is a bold move for an Oakland club that finished third in the AL West last year, 24 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Angels.

But the Athletics are attempting to win public support for a new stadium and are telling other clubs that they intend to increase their payroll significantly for 2009 in an effort to contend. The A's opened 2008 with a payroll of about $48 million.

In Holliday, who batted .321 with a .409 on-base percentage, 25 homers and 88 RBI, the Athletics almost certainly are gaining a one-year rental player. Holliday, due $13 million in 2008, rebuffed Colorado's attempts to sign him to a long-term extension and, with Scott Boras as his agent, he is expected to test the free-agent market after the 2009 season.

That, though, fits with some of Oakland's past strategy under general manager Billy Beane, who has mostly eschewed long-term contractual commitments to players because of the A's ever-present financial constraints. He has been aggressive at times, however, in acquiring high-end talent for the short-term.

Pitcher Kevin Appier (1999), outfielder Johnny Damon (2001) and Frank Thomas (2006) all fit under this operating philosophy, but the major difference between them and Holliday is that they were not acquired when the A's were this far off of the pace in the AL West.

Of course, the Athletics figure to have an out, too: If they fall out of the race before the July 31 trade deadline next summer, they'll have a valuable trade chip that Beane can flip for prospects.

While Oakland ratchets things up, clearly, Colorado is in transition mode. Losing Holliday -- general manager Dan O'Dowd informed the slugger of the trade earlier Monday -- leaves a big hole in the middle of Clint Hurdle's lineup.

The Rockies like Gonzalez a lot, but he's a different style of player than Holliday and much younger.

"He can play center field or right field, either place," one scout said. "He's a left-handed hitting prospect, he's only 23 ... he's got a chance to be pretty good."

As for Smith, the scout said, "He actually fits better in the National League, I think. He controls the running game, he's got a good pickoff move, and the guy can hit. I think he'll end up as a No. 5 starter or as a long man in the bullpen."


Since: Nov 10, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2008 5:31 pm

Oakland acquires Holliday from Colorado

Always trading away our best players?  Holliday is the first player they have traded whose worth his weight.  Unless you think Jennings was a good player (pitcher) but since his been hurt the last two years that was a good trade.  Holliday turned down $107 over 5 years that sounds like commitment by the owners but no commitment by the player.  If he doesn't want to be here then you trade him.  The Rockies have lost with him in the line-up we can lose with him out of the line-up.  I wish Matt good luck but better luck to the Rockies.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2008 5:29 pm

Oakland acquires Holliday from Colorado

I am sorry for the COLORADO ROCKIES FANS thanks a lot trader dan 2 nobodys and Huston street and I would bet you trade him away for 3 nobodys Clint Hurdle and the Rockies deserve better then that. I wish SCOTT BORASS the slime ball of baseball would choke. Matt Holiday had said he would stay in COLORADO for a little less but I guess not.Just like Manny Rodrigez being MANNY MATT HOLIDAY being matt SHOW ME THE MONEY

Since: Oct 31, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2008 5:22 pm

Oakland acquires Holliday from Colorado

To the people saying Oakland was too far out of it in the race.... you do realize that when the next game is played, the teams will be tied, no? And, also, the Angels may be without Teixeira and Rodriguez. Plus, you have to factor in that Guerrero and Garrett Anderson will be a year older, and the rest of the A's will be a year more developed. Assuming Holliday's home/road splits are misleading and he's not a second coming of Dante Bichette, this could be a very good deal for the A's.

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2008 5:21 pm

Oakland acquires Holliday from Colorado

I am so glad that Shane Victorino did not leave town for Matt Holliday, i.e a one year Phillie.  Shane is a big part of the heart & soul of a team and is more invaluable from that aspect than Aaron Rowand ever could have been...

And to the Yankee fan that makes Bobby Abreu out to be a stud...

Up until the last game Bobby Abreu played for the Phillies, we sucked-  And ever since he joined the Yankees, you suck!!!!

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2008 5:16 pm

Oakland acquires Holliday from Colorado

Surprising move by the A's...Holliday is the real deal. After going last year with little or no hitting, this is a good start. Now, if Chavez is finally healthy, we might have something going.

I don't like losing Street, but they have adequate replacements. He wasn't even the closer at the end of the year.

Overall, I like the move. It could be an indication the A's will go for it next year.

Since: Sep 27, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2008 5:15 pm

Oakland acquires Holliday from Colorado


If the deal you mentioned is true, then the Rockies are nuts for trading Holliday for that collection of scrubs they got from the A's. Smith is nothing. Street is done, the other guy I dont know too much about, so I cant comment. However, Carrasco is a top of the line pitching prospect, and Victorino is a gold glove OF who gets better every year with the bat.

As a Phillie fan, I'm glad we never made that deal, especially since Holliday would have been gone after next year anyway.

Since: May 8, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2008 5:12 pm

Oakland acquires Holliday from Colorado

Can the A's sign Holliday to a long term contract?

Since: Sep 27, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2008 5:09 pm

Oakland acquires Holliday from Colorado

Renoir77 ---

The Phillies acquiring Holliday for Burrell would have been fantastic. However, Burrell is a free agent. He cant be traded !!!

Holliday would have been a one year wonder in Philly anyway. No chance the Phils and Boras would ever have agreed on an extension --

Plus, they're gonna need every penny they have in the next 2-3 years when Hamels, Utley, Howard, and Rollins are up for free agency.. Nice knowing ya guys !! Atleast they managed to win one before the cheap owners in Philly let them become Yankees, Mets, and Braves.

Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2008 5:07 pm

Oakland acquires Holliday from Colorado

I think this is a good trade for the Athletics since Huston Street is almost at the end of his rope so we shall see how well this works out.  However, the Rockies did get a good deal for matt holliday.  Talk about a trade so far under the radar that no one would have thought about!

Since: Nov 21, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2008 4:58 pm

I hate Dick and Charlie Monfort

I have been a Rockies fan forever- and I know the Monforts are cheap.  But I honestly thought that when they made the World Series last year, things would turn around- they signed some of the guys they  needed to.  I'm so sick of this team rebuilding every year and starting over.  The worst part is that they did not even get a solid starting pitcher- which they desperately need right now.  I hate the Monforts for always trrading away our best players.  They are repulsive and should be disowned by baseball and the fans.  Oakland got a heck of a deal- you guys will have fun watching him play. 

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