By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Colorado Rockies have traded outfielder Matt Holliday to the Oakland Athletics. In exchange, closer Huston Street was the marquee returning player in the package.
Also involved in the deal were outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and left-handed starter Greg Smith. This deal will become official once the players pass their physicals.
“Originally, it was a little bit of a surprise considering I’ve never been traded before,” Holliday said. “I spent my first 11 years of professional baseball in the Rockies organization. Any time you make a change there’s a bit of an unknown.”
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This deal comes after Holliday turned down a contract extension with the team. Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd offered Holliday a five-year, $107.5 million deal.
Instead, mega sports agent Scott Boras turned down the deal.
“This wasn’t going to go away. It was going to be a distraction,” O’Dowd said. “And that’s nothing against Mattie. He’s earned the right to be a free agent after next season, and he’s earned the right to pick where he plays after next season. There’s no hard feelings, no animosity.”
In his final season with the Rockies, he appeared in 139 games. He had a .321 batting average with 25 home runs and 88 RBIs in 539 at-bats.
Street went 7-5 this past season in 63 games. He had 18 saves and 37 games finished in 70 innings.
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González just completed this rookie season with the Athletics. He had a .242 batting average with four home runs and 26 RBIs in 85 games.
Smith went 7-16 this past season. He had a 4.16 ERA with two complete games in 32 starts over 190 1/3 innings.
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