It looks as though the Oakland A's have made a trade for Colorado Rockies outfielder Matt Holliday. Several news sources are reporting the deal, but the exact terms haven't come out. Players like Carlos Gonzalez, Greg Smith, Huston Street and others might be reportedly a part of it.
This trade really surprises me because it seems like Oakland is about two to three years from being really good. And they're going to have to mortgage much of the future to get him. Of course, Matt Holliday only has one year left on his current contract, so Beane could be picking him up to either trade him at the deadline to a team desperate for a bat, or wait till he declares free agency next year and pick up a two first-round picks since Holliday will easily be a Type A free agent.
Holliday is the type of guy you add when you are on the cusp of being really good, like trying to go from playoffs to the World Series. The A's would be trying to go from bad to almost decent. But then again, Billy Beane seems to know what he's doing on most occasions.
Obviously the A's were offensively challenged this season so adding Holliday's bat to the lineup helps, but who's going to protect him in the lineup? Eric Chavez and his ailing back? Kurt Suzuki? Bobby Crosby?
What do you think?
Anyway let's get to some links about the trade.
Susan Slusser, the A's beat writer for the SF Chronicle has the latest, saying it is Gonzalez, Smith and Street.
Here's the most updated story from ESPN.com, they've got Brett Anderson and Ryan Sweeney as possible parts of the deal.
SI's Jon Heyman broke the news earlier this morning with this story.
Here's Yahoo Sports Tim Brown's story on the trade.