The A's are closing in on a deal that would send star outfielder Matt Holiday from Colorado to Oakland, SI.com has learned. It isn't known yet which players will be sent to Oakland in the surprise deal . . .Look, I don't think that Matt Holliday is a Coors creation on par with Dante Bichette or Vinny Castilla. He's a good player. But based on his splits (home: .357/.423/.645; road: .280/.348/.455) he has been greatly helped by his home park, and moving to a place like Oakland is going to make him look very ordinary very fast.
. . . Oakland owner Lew Wolff has recently told confidants he's tired of losing, and this may be the first step toward contending again. Although, they better do it soon, as Holliday is eligible for free agency after the 2009 season. He is to make $13 million in '08, a princely sum for an Oakland player. The A's could also consider trading Holliday, perhaps at the deadline, if they so desire.
You'd think Beane, of all people, would understand this. And he might. Based on Heyman's article, Lew Wolff may be behind this, and the point may be to have Holiday spearhead a drive for adequacy as the A's try to get some steam behind their move to Fremont.
As a baseball move, however, a lot of it depends on what the A's are giving up. If it's anything of serious value, I am having a hard time seeing how this is a smart move for Oakland.
(link via FanHouse)
UPDATE: Um, I may have had my mind changed about that park effects argument.