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One More Post-Holliday Trade Note

Posted by mizzou1028 on November 17, 2008

I’ll let Jim Armstrong, the great sports columnist from The Denver Post, make the point. ¬†You can read his latest thoughts on the Holliday trade, and specifically why such a lopsided deal wouldn’t happen in the NFL here.

I completely agree with everything he says. ¬†MLB really needs to adopt the NFL model, except the players (and especially the union and their agents) are too greedy. ¬†The sad thing is the way the NFL labor contract currently reads, the 2010 season would be played without a salary cap, and the players say they will not go back to one if they play a season with an uncapped year. ¬†It seems in any case from what I’ve heard that the NFL is on its way to labor strife after the 2010 season (or after two more seasons following the conclusion of this one). ¬†It’s a ways off yes, but it would be a shame if the NFL and its players allowed the best business model in sports to go poof.

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Holliday Follow Up

Posted by mizzou1028 on November 13, 2008

A couple of quick follow up thoughts on the trade that sent Matt Holliday to Oakland for Huston Street, Carlos Gonzalez, and Greg Smith:

– The Rockies are trying to portray Holliday as not being a team player and are trying to argue that they will be better team next year even though their best hitter and only game changer is gone.¬† Please, Dan O’Dowd, don’t insult our intelligence by trying to say the team is now better.¬† It may be better in two years if Gonzalez and Smith turn out to be as good at their potential indicates they could be, but the team is not better now.

– As for Holliday not being a team player, it’s hard to argue with O’Dowd on that point.¬† Holliday wrote his ticket out of town and put his full selfishness and greediness on display the instant he hired Scott Boras as his agent.¬† Players who hire Boras are seeking as much money as possible and NEVER re-sign with their current team for less.¬† The Rockies frankly couldn’t afford to keep Holliday, and¬†we all knew¬†that.¬† My issue¬†is more with the timing of the trade and¬†what the Rockies got (or didn’t get) in return.

– I do want to give¬†Smith, Gonzalez, and Street the benefit of the doubt.¬† Smith did eat up a lot of innings last year in Oakland, and maybe we¬†should give him a chance to see if he can cut his walks down, which¬†he¬†will have to do to be effective.¬† The Rockies need him to be a 2 of 3 starter, not¬†the 4 or 5 starter he is now.¬† Gonzalez¬†¬†has the tools to be a good center fielder, but he has yet to put it together at the Major League level.¬† If he can meet his full potential and improve his woeful on base percentage, the trade may prove to be ok for the Rockies in 2-3 years.¬† If he is a bust, the trade is a full failure.¬† As for Street, it is unknown whether the Rockies will keep him or try to spin him for a starter.¬† If he stays, he will compete with Manny Corpas for the closer role, but the Rockies should be aware of his less than promising injury history.¬† Street has the talent and to¬†his credit does not walk many hitters, but he has¬†yet to prove he can stay healthy.¬† That must change if he is to be effective in the Rockies’¬†bullpen.¬†

–¬†To those ripping A’s General Manager Billy Beane regarding¬†his acquisition of Holliday: ask yourself who you’re ripping.¬† Beane has¬†routinely¬†made bold moves to improve the A’s.¬† It is unknown whether the A’s will keep Holliday after this year, but they knew they needed an elite power¬†bat to keep pace with the Angels in the AL¬†West.¬† Holliday is a game changer, and the A’s will benefit from his presence in the middle of the order.¬† If nothing else, the A’s will get two¬†high compensatory picks in next year’s draft if Holliday bolts as a free agent.

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Unfortunate Reality Hits the Rockies

Posted by mizzou1028 on November 10, 2008

So apparently the Rockies have traded Matt Holliday.¬† I can’t really say I’m surprised frankly considering Holliday is represented by Scott Boras, who to put it kindly is extremely greedy.¬† Boras is notorious for getting monster deals for his clients (see Alex Rodriguez, he of the 10 year $275 million deal).¬† I’m sure Holliday has his reasons for not wanting to re-sign with the Rockies.¬† He says he wants to be somewhere where he has a consistent chance to make the World Series every year, and frankly it’s hard to argue that Colorado fits with that ideal.¬† There are reports of a rift with ownership considering the teams willingness to win and upgrade the roster, which is very possible considering the Monforts weren’t exactly active in the free agent market even after making the World Series.¬† If those are Holiday’s reasons for not accepting an extension with the Rockies and essentially forcing a trade, that’s one thing.¬† Of course it’s frustrating, but you can’t blame a player for not wanting to be somewhere where winning is a top priority.¬†

Now, if this is indeed about nothing other than money, than it impossible to keep any respect for either side.¬† If it is true that Holliday turned down an $85 million extension before last season, than I say good riddance.¬† Seriously, what can you do with $160 million that you can’t do with $85 million, short of buying a hundred cars and three extra mansions and who knows what else?¬† Maybe I just don’t understand it because I’ve never known what it’s like to have that kind of money, but I say if $100 million isn’t enough for you, perhaps you ought to work a real job for a year to better learn to appreciate the opportunity you have.¬† Maybe it’s just me.¬†¬† I obviously can’t say for sure what Holliday’s motives are for not wanting to stay in Colorado, and I don’t want to throw him under the bus based on speculation, but it seems like it is with most Boras clients that it really is a money issue regardless of what else comes out of the player’s mouth.

I personally believe that the unsettled nature of the Holliday contract negotiations had¬†to have an adverse effect on the team’s performance last season.¬† The ownership and players alike may say otherwise, but how could it not have had an effect?¬†¬† If nothing else, there was a notable decline in Holliday’s numbers last season (.321 average down from .340 the previous year, home run decline to 25 from 36, and RBIs were down from 137 to 88).¬† To be fair, Holliday did miss two weeks in May due to injury, but even factoring that in, that’s a noticeable decrease in production.¬† Even considering his two week injury, that type of decline in production doesn’t seem to merit the $20 million offer he is seeking.¬† Even given all that, it is a shame that the relationship between Holliday and the Rockies went south so quickly that the Rockies felt forced to deal him even with a year to go before he hit free agency.¬†

It seems clear that Rockies ownership is in a pickle here because they seem to have made Holliday the best offer they could afford.¬† His unwillingness to accept their offer means they are now getting roughly 30 cents on the dollar in the deal.¬† While reports vary on what exactly the Rockies will get in return, the one consistent piece seems to be pitcher Greg Smith, he of a 7-16 record last season and a 4.16 ERA.¬† Smith finished third in the AL in walks allowed with 87, which is not a good stat.¬† The 16 losses may not be a good indicator of his ability¬†because the A’s weren’t a good team last year, but walking guys is never a good thing.¬† If this is the best the Rockies can hope for in return for Holliday, than there is no way they can make a legitimate argument they are a better team for trading Holliday.¬† Whoever’s fault it is, it is still frustrating to know that already the Rockies are behind the eight ball in the NL West race and spring training is still three months away.

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