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I have a rotten taste in my mouth and it’s called, “Holliday is traded to the A’s.” Not sure how much Billy Beane’s recently widowed aunt left him in the will, but it obviously must’ve been a tidy sum. The A’s just made themselves a contender. Or a contenda if Marlon Brando’s ghost is a Razzball reader. For those in NL-Only leagues, Holliday’s loss is your loss. In AL-Only leagues, you just got yourself a nice new addition. Pitchers going to Coors and Holliday going to a pitcher’s division. There’s that rotten taste again. The Holliday trade from a fantasy perspective:

Matt Holliday – Takes a huge hit on his value, but it doesn’t completely zap all of his value. As a Rockie, he was a 1st rounder. This knocks him back to the third round. He is a lot more of an average hitter than a big bomber. Let’s not forget, he only hit 25 home runs calling Coors home. Now he’ll be dealing with pitchers he’s not as familiar with and dealing with a ginormous foul territory.  Rumor has it that the foul territory in Oakland is home to Bigfoot. No one’s sure because half of it is unexplored like the Arctic. Holliday will play most of his games in pitcher’s parks in a pitching division. A slight change from Coors where the air was as light as LC and Audrina conversations — No, Brody looked at me first! Not to mention, the A’s intestinal suckitude when it comes to moving runners and stealing. The steps forward Holliday took in adding speed into his game in 2008 may take a step back in 2009. Then there’s the fact it’ll be a walk year for Holliday since the A’s won’t negotiate a contract with him (unless Beane’s dead aunt was really wealthy). So, in a walk year, it’s conceivable to think Holliday will A) Try to do too much and do less B) Not run to avoid injury C) There is no C but I believe in rule of threes. Overall, Holliday’s fantasy value takes a hit, but he’s still a number one outfielder and a 3rd rounder overall. Think Justin Morneau in the OF.

  1. Get Figgy With It says:
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    another hills reference? haha…ready for the episode?

  2. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Get Figgy With It: Um, like, totally! I hear Whitney’s getting her own show. And she’s hot.

    BTW, do you watch The Pickup Artist? That’s the best reality show currently on TV. “I just got done with a caper.” — WTF?

  3. Get Figgy With It says:
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    ya whitney is hot…like omg…ughh!
    haha…i do not…but my roommate watches like 100 reality shows so i’ll ask him if he watches it

  4. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Get Figgy With It: Holy eff, it’s the best show on TV. It makes The RR/RW Challenge, The Island seem boring like 20/20.

  5. FFB says:
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    So the A’s get Holliday for most of a season. If they do well in the year they keep him and let him walk to get draft picks (a la Giambi). If they aren’t doing well they can trade him to a contender fro prospects. Who do they give up, Street? They were looking to trade him anyway last season. I wish a different team got him (Mets) but I think this will work out for the A’s.

  6. Grey

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    @FFB: Street, Smith and Carlos Gonzalez are the rumored names being floated around. This could end up being a good trade for the Rox if they get Gonzalez.

  7. What are the odds he gets traded again before end of 2009? I say 50/50 odds….

    Billy Beane only feels alive when:
    1) He makes trades.
    2) He stumbles upon a small-town prospect who marvels locals with his ability to take borderline pitches.

  8. Grey

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    @Rudy Gamble: Beane doesn’t even know he just acquired Holliday. He calls him .386 Career OBP.

  9. josh says:
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    looks like the As are giving up a lot less than originally stated. vintage ESPN

    ESPN.com previously reported that Smith was in the deal, but it’s now backed off that statement. FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal adds Carlos Gonzalez and Huston Street to the list of players involved. However, we doubt the Rockies are getting those two and a young starter. It’d be a surprise if Gonzalez is included in the trade.

  10. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Maybe Beane has traded Holliday away already.

  11. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @josh: Yahoo’s reporting Gonzalez too. From a fantasy perspective, I’d prefer to see him go to the Rox. Add some spice to NL-Only leagues, cause right now all the Rox are getting is borderline pitchers that I don’t really want to own in Coors.

  12. Grey

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    @Steve: Seems unlikely, because of the prospects he’s giving up just to get him.

  13. So the A’s get Matt Holiday, Brett Anderson (a top LHP prospect), Dana Eveland (9-9, 4.38 ERA in 29 starts), Chris Carter (39 HR in advanced A ball), and Aaron Cunningham (.317 AVG in AA, AAA & 80 MLB at bats) for Dan Haren, Conner Robertson (7 IP last season), and Huston Street.

  14. Ashley says:
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    Buster Olney is suggesting Sabathia to the Giants….. I’m guessing to bat cleanup for that pathetic offense.

    But seriously though, why the hell would SF spend that much money on a pitcher when they have Lincecum and Cain, and a HORRIBLE offense.

  15. Grey

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    @BlueWorkhorse: And Chris Carter also knows the whereabouts of Cancer Man. Yeah, Beane spun some high-priced, questionable major leaguers for an All-Star and some young prospects.

    @Ashley: Somebody needs to balance the bench when Sandoval sits down? The Giants were paying for an all-you-can-eat buffet for Sandoval and they figured they may as well take advantage? They bought too many under shirts for Sandoval and rather than them going to waste?

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    @Grey: …Beane not knowing it’s Holliday; just “.386 career OBP” – funny because it’s true!

    Since I own Holliday in one keeper league, I’m a little disappointed by the trade. Since I own Peavy on the same team, my hope had been that Holliday went to San Diego and Peavy to Colorado. Now I don’t know how I’ll get a leg-up on Papa Smurf in the forums.

  17. Grey

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    @peter: I have Holliday in an NL-Only league so I just lost him completely. Take that, Papa Smurf!

  18. All I know is that whatever pitchers get sent to Colorado will be big contributors next Razzball season. That park does to ERAs what crack does to one’s mind….

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