I’ve been trying to get excited about the trade A’s general manager Billy Beane’s swung with Colorado for outfielder Matt Holliday. It should be easy, right? Holliday is a legitimate star, something the A’s sorely lacked. He’s a big-time hitter who has slugged 128 home runs and driven in 483 in just five seasons. He’s young and talented.
Sorry, can’t do it.
This is just another instance of Billy being Billy, trading players as if they were baseball cards but having no end game in sight.
Holliday knows he should rent and not buy in the Bay Area. He’ll most likely be traded around the July deadline when desperate playoff contenders will bid his price through the roof. Or, he’ll walk away after one season, and the A’s will collect high draft picks as compensation.
Just don’t expect Holliday to be an Athletic long-term. He’ll make $13.5 million in 2009. He’ll be a free agent after this season. His agent is Scott Boras, Mr. Hardball himself. Get the picture? Holliday will demand and command more money than the small-budget A’s would ever consider spending.
I sympathize with A’s fans. They’re facing the same sorry situation they’re almost always facing. They’ll be watching a talented player knowing he’ll soon be gone. That’s great. Only the most naïve A’s fans would make an emotional investment in Holliday, no matter how many home runs he hits.
I’ll enjoy the Holliday show while it lasts in Oakland. I just won’t get too excited.