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    Rockies-Athletics trade made official, with Holliday headed

    Post by hdtv on Wed Nov 12, 2008 3:02 pm

    Rockies-Athletics trade made official, with Holliday headed to Oakland

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3698215

    OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics completed their trade for star outfielder Matt Holliday from the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday, acquiring the big bat they wanted for the middle of their lineup.

    The Rockies receive right-handed reliever Huston Street, lefty starter Greg Smith and promising outfielder Carlos Gonzalez from the A's. The clubs reached a tentative agreement Monday, but had to wait for physicals and other details to be completed.

    This is a major move by an A's team that began a rebuilding phase last winter and is more accustomed to losing star players than acquiring them.

    "We wanted a right-handed bat and we got one," said Oakland's Jack Cust, one of the players to whom general manager Billy Beane wanted to give more support. "It's usually the other way around -- giving away a bigger-name guy for guys who aren't as established. It's definitely exciting going into the season with a big part of the puzzle."

    Holliday, runner-up for the 2007 National League MVP award, is to make $13.5 million next season and then will be eligible to become a free agent.

    "While it is difficult to have to say goodbye to a player with the skills that Matt possesses, we wish him well," Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd said in a team statement announcing the swap. "The long-term model for our organization to be successful has always been built around the team dynamic. The three men we acquired from Oakland are talented major league players that are a solid fit for us."

    Holliday has 128 homers and 483 RBIs in five big-league seasons. His best year was 2007, when he won the NL batting title with a .340 average. He also had 36 homers and a league-best 137 RBIs in helping the Rockies reach the World Series. He finished second to Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins for NL MVP.

    "It's caused a lot of attention around these parts, the fact we got a big guy the Yankees wanted and a lot of other teams wanted," Cust said, speaking by phone from New Jersey.

    "It's great for us. The last couple years we've had a lot of injuries and a lot of guys not doing as well as they'd like," Cust said. "They say hitting is contagious and I believe that. Once you get guys rolling and get the pitcher worrying about a few guys, they've got to really bear down in the middle of the lineup. I played with Matt in Colorado. We were in the minor leagues together and now we'll be in the big leagues together, so it's come full circle."

    Oakland (75-86), which reached the American League Championship Series in 2006 before being swept by the Detroit Tigers, this past season finished with its worst record since going 74-88 in 1998. The A's lost 44 of their last 68 games, after being just four games out of first place on July 11.

    Smith underwent an operation late last month to remove loose bodies from his pitching elbow. The 24-year-old went 7-16 with a 4.16 ERA in 32 starts and 190 2/3 innings during his first major league season.

    Street, a 25-year-old right-hander, was demoted as Oakland's closer this season and finished 7-5 with a 3.73 ERA and 18 saves in 25 chances. He is joining a bullpen that includes Manny Corpas but is expected to lose closer Brian Fuentes in free agency. Street can become a free agent after the 2010 season.

    Like Smith, the 23-year-old Gonzalez just finished his first big league season. He hit .242 with four homers and 26 RBIs in 302 at-bats.

    Smith and Gonzalez, considered a top prospect, both went to the A's last offseason in the blockbuster trade that sent ace Dan Haren to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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    Re: Rockies-Athletics trade made official, with Holliday headed

    Post by incredible on Wed Nov 12, 2008 3:04 pm

    i am a little surprised in this trade
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    Re: Rockies-Athletics trade made official, with Holliday headed

    Post by pumpkin on Wed Nov 12, 2008 7:38 pm

    same here, holliday is pretty good
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    Re: Rockies-Athletics trade made official, with Holliday headed

    Post by incredible on Wed Nov 12, 2008 10:38 pm

    he is pretty good
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    Re: Rockies-Athletics trade made official, with Holliday headed

    Post by g4 on Wed Nov 12, 2008 10:51 pm

    he is very good
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    Re: Rockies-Athletics trade made official, with Holliday headed

    Post by tube on Thu Nov 13, 2008 1:42 am

    i guess

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