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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Friday, July 24, 2009
Cardinals - Acquired Holliday
St. Louis Cardinals - Acquired OF Matt Holliday and $1.5 million from the Oakland Athletics for 3B Brett
Wallace, P Clayton Mortensen and OF Shane Peterson
I’ve said that in the last year or so, the A’s long-term plan has seemed a little muddled and some of the moves a little
random (and I like the Hairston trade less with the PTBNL being confirmed as Sean Gallagher in the meantime), but I love this
trade from the perspective of the A’s.
Wallace isn’t a slam-dunk, guaranteed middle-of-the-order hitter, but he’s still a very good hitting prospect. Wallace has
had ups and and downs in Memphis (a very poor first month with the team in May and a current slump) and he’s not ready right
at this minute to be a solid offensive player in the majors, but he’s an excellent player to have as top billing in return
for 2 months of Holliday.
Now, having said that Wallace is a great player to pick up, what makes this trade a really good one for the A’s is that the
2 “other” guys in the trade are legitimate prospects as well, not a couple of organizational player make-weights.
little like the the tall, thin players that you could use in Ice Hockey for NES. Shane Peterson’s a little lower on the
totem pole and looks like a future 4th outfielder on a team that has a couple legitimate centerfielders.
None of this trio is really ready right now, but it’s a very nice package.
Holliday will help the Cardinals and one can hardly call this trade an unmitigated disaster with the team thick in the
divisional race and Colby Rasmus not heading west. However, I do think they’ll feel the costs of the trade down the road if
they don’t sign Holliday or do well with the draft pick compensation. Holliday’s not going to hit like Manny did last year
and the Dodgers gave up less for the Manchild.
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