Holliday to the A’s

It's fitting that Matt Holiday plays left field since this deal came out of nowhere. Billy Beane gets Holliday for who knows what. The implication is that the brilliant GM thinks his club can contend in 2009. That or Holliday will be dealt again for the next Dan Haren who will eventually be dealt for the next Jack Cust and so on. Thee hot stove season has officially started!

Edit: Jon Heyman at cnnsi.com broke the story but I'm having a difficult time linking for whatever reason right now.
11 comments… add one
  • Denver sports radio says this deal is done, but all the parts haven’t been listed yet.

    Brad November 10, 2008, 3:40 pm
  • Carlos Gonzalez, Greg Smith and Huston Street…from what I have heard.

    John - YF November 10, 2008, 3:47 pm
  • Wow, I’m not a big fan of Holiday, as I think he’s a bit overrated, but he’s still pretty good. Good job by the A’s, though the pieces (if John is right) seems a bit hefty. But then again, he knows what he’s doing..

    Lar November 10, 2008, 4:00 pm
  • John - YF November 10, 2008, 4:07 pm
  • Billy Beane is going to flip him faster than CC works through a buffet line. He probably wont even catch a plane to Oakland. Beane knows he wont pay him, and he knows he’s not in contention, so why would he do this unless he’s already got a plan in place with someone else.
    Makes no sense to me.

    Brad November 10, 2008, 4:16 pm
  • Can’t survive (save for a few outliers) in the AL without a closer, and Beane knows that – he’s been trying to trade Street for a year now, but not for a hitter. He’s got something up his sleeve.

    Brad November 10, 2008, 4:17 pm
  • They have a guy named Ziegler in Oakland that came up last year as the set up man/closer and DID NOT GIVE UP A SINGLE EARNED RUN. Getting out of Street is a huge plus for Oakland (he also costs alot). At the end of last season the As had a five man rotation with ALL lefties. Smith, as good as he was/is?, is the least of the three prospects (Dana Eveland and Gio Gonzalez being the other two). Beane has also shown that he’s willing to pay up 9+ million dollar contracts to big right handed hitters past their primes (Thomas and Piazza…).
    Another thing to keep in mind is that the Oakland As have been trying to sell the idea of moving the team to a spanking new venue South/slightly East in Fremont for some time. If you can show a team that is a) making “big moves” b) winning games and being competitive in their division and c) have potential “super-stars” on their team, you can usually get a few “incentives” in your new stadium package.
    Also, Holliday (unlike Piazza and Thomas) does have real trade value as the season progresses; and if the As find themselves out of the running as early as they did this past year, they could restock well with Holliday.
    I’m a little surprised that they didn’t try to get Atkins as well.

    walein November 10, 2008, 5:28 pm
  • Walein – that’s spot on. Plus there are two potentially high draft picks if he leaves via free agency as well. Maybe Beane was seeing the value in that.

    dw (sf) November 10, 2008, 5:51 pm
  • Great move by Beane. Street is hugely overrated (and has been mediocre since winning ROY) and those two prospects don’t seem like anything special.
    Their payroll is very low, and with a good marketing campaign Holliday will attract a lot of fans. They’re still not going to compete with the Angels though.

    Atheose November 10, 2008, 11:29 pm
  • Also, apparently the Rockies are going to turn around and trade Street to another team. Wonder who will get him.

    Atheose November 10, 2008, 11:32 pm
  • I wonder if this will increase the pressure on the Angels to re-sign Teixiera. Seems it has to, even if the Angels overall are still the better team.

    Paul SF November 11, 2008, 11:18 am

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