Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Trade Review

In case you've been living under a rock these past two days Matt Holliday was traded to the Oakland A's in exchange for Carlos Gonzalez, Greg Smith, and Huston Street. So lets take a look at these players..

Carolos Gonzalez- This past year he hit .242 with four homers and 26 RBI in 85 games for the A's, striking out 81 times in 302 at-bats as a rookie. He has the potential to be a 5 tool player who can play center or left field. The only problem is his number of strike outs, which will most likely decrease with an increase of playing time.

Greg Smith- A left handed pitcher with an 85-88 mph fastball but a knack for changing speeds. He is praised for his command and went 7-16 with a 4.16 ERA with a decent ratio of hits (169) to innings pitched (190 1/3). He issued 87 walks to go with 111 strikeouts. He is a flyball pitcher with groundball/flyball ratio of .78. Honestly, I just don't see him being sucessful in Coors Park, his off speed stuff will not move the same due to the climate and he definently does not have the fastball to save him.

Huston Street- The closer/setup man for the Oakland A's the past few years. This past year was an off year for him, as he was plauged with a groin injury.He appeared in 63 games with recording 18 saves with a 7-5 record and 3.73 ERA. He will most likely slide into the setup man role as Manny Corpas moves to the closer role due to the loss of Brian Fuentes.

This trade looks to be pretty even, with the Rockies getting three young players all with a decent amount of upside as they attempt to rebuild. While Oakland recieves a year of Matt Holliday and the 2 draft picks that will inevitably come with him.

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