Friday, July 24, 2009
A's Trade Holliday To Cardinals And Other Roster Notes
- Colorado traded with Cleveland for Rafael Betancourt, according to the AP; the Rocks gave up minor league pitcher Connor Graham .
- As anticipated before the season started, Billy Beane traded for Matt Holliday as a midseason chit; he's been sent to St. Louis, for 3B Brett Wallace, OF Shane Peterson, and RHP Clayton Mortensen. I like this for the A's; Wallace is a grade-A offensive third base prospect, a position the A's have had trouble with ever since they ill-advisedly decided to extend the almost nonexistent and constantly injured Eric Chavez. Peterson is a former Dirtbag, and has exhibited good on-base skills with a little pop, slugging a .420-ish line, and playing at AA as a 22-year-old. Mortensen enjoys a 6.00 ERA in limited action (3.0 IP) with the Cards this year, but didn't have a good line in the higher minors before that. At one time in the lower minors he was routinely striking out ten batters per nine, but that's declined quite a bit.
As for what the Redbirds get: he's a .347/.423/.645 monster at Coors, but .281/.351/.450 on the road (including this season with Oakland). The Cards are overpaying here, for sure, especially considering Holliday is 29. If they were thinking this is a Larry Walker or Jim Edmonds sort of deal of the kind they used to make under Walt Jocketty, it just doesn't look like it from here.
More on this deal from Blez at Athletics Nation, and obviously he's amped about it ("This is a great deal for the A's and I'm excited to see Wallace don the green and gold.").