It seems that the Rockies will send left fielder Matt Holliday to the A's for Carlos Gonzalez, Greg Smith, and Huston Street soon (assuming Smith's elbow checks out). While the A's were rumored to be in the mix for Holliday, the trade still comes as a surprise to most. Let's round up today's links on the topic.
- Nick Cafardo says the Red Sox were briefly involved in talks for Holliday.
- ESPN's Peter Gammons says Beane first engaged the Red Sox on Jason Bay before moving on to Holliday.
- Troy Renck says Holliday is flying to Oakland today to meet with team officials. Garrett Atkins hopes the Holliday trade keeps him in Colorado.
- Dave Cameron thinks Holliday can hit around .300/.380/.500 for the A's.
- Athletics Nation considers this a message that the A's are trying to compete in '09, and expects more additions. They also believe Billy Beane will take stock in July and decide whether to trade Holliday or keep him all year and take the draft picks. I agree on both points.
- Jack Etkin of the Rocky Mountain News and Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post have scouting reports on the players Colorado will receive.
- Depressed Fan tries to get a handle on Beane's motivation for the trade.
- Holliday's dad would like to see his son join the Yankees.
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