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June 12, 2008 10:46 PM

Matt Holliday: Value meal


The Rockies have tough decisions to make as their season continues. They will not be forced into unloading contracts as in years passed, but , clearly the time to get maximum value for Matt Holliday and Garret Atkins might be now. I expect the Rockies to seriously entertain offer for several on the roster with everyone but Tulowitzki perhaps being the only untouchable player in the clubhouse. Look for the next several weeks to be interesting ones.



  • June 12, 2008

    11:42 PM

    Ray writes:

    Actually, I firmly believe that they should entertain offers for both Holliday and Tulowitzki. They could keep Atkins (their best hitter for average), put Barmes at shortstop, train Stewart how to play the outfield, and things just might fall into place around here.

  • June 13, 2008

    8:42 AM

    Michael writes:

    I totally disagree. I think we need to get everyone healthy and see what we have before we start unloading the talent.
    If I were to entertain offers for anyone it would be Atkins, but I think that would be a mistake too.
    If we start trading away our stars we get into (or should I say remain) in a cycle of developing talent and then trading them away. The right move now is to see how things sit once we have eveyone on the field.

  • June 13, 2008

    9:02 AM

    Kurt writes:

    If your going to trade anybody, make it Troy.

    Matt and Garret have proven themselves, troy has only had one great season, and the start this year was not looking good. I know that some will argue that Matt and Garrets best seasons have come and gone, but atleast they are proven.

    I would also get rid of Hawpe ASAP as well as corpas and or Torrelaba or Iannetta.

    We need another Cook in the rotation, it has to come from somewhere.

  • June 13, 2008

    9:04 AM

    Jeremy writes:

    We haven't had a full team all year. Now we're finally starting to get some guys back and probably not coincidentally, we're making up ground little bit by little bit. A trade or 3 may indeed be in the best interests of the team, but they need to wait a few weeks and get a better understanding of where the team is at and where it is going so we don't make a bonehead move.

  • June 13, 2008

    9:43 AM

    Bill writes:

    Step 1: Fire Clint Hurdle immediately.

    Step 2: Fire Bob Apodaca.

    Step 3: Entertain offers from anyone for anybody. There should not be a single untouchable player on this team. This team needs real pitching. Hitters and defense can come from anywhere and can be filled through free agency without having to give up the farm. But if a team really decides that they are serious about winning, pitching must be the focus. End of story.

  • June 13, 2008

    11:09 AM

    Carl writes:

    Where the team is:

    They're horrible.

    Where they're going:


    There's no need to wait three weeks, much less three minutes to come to that conclusion.

  • June 13, 2008

    11:20 AM

    Jacob writes:

    Scott Boras can talk about Holliday all he wants but we all know which team is the most valuable for Holliday: The Rockies. Holliday has a career home line of .370/.430/.676 and a road line of .281/.343/.466. Any team other than the Rockies that signs him cannot expect him to produce like that first line. If Holliday goes out on the free agent market he may be humbled by the offers he receives. Ironically, the Rockies may be the team that gives him his best offer since he provides more value to them than anybody else. And for all those idiots that want to trade Tulo, you don't understand how baseball works. 22 year old gold glove shortstops don't grow on trees. You don't trade them because they've had one bad month. I guarantee you that Ken Griffey Jr. and Alex Rodriguez have had bad months. Calm down, this isn't football.

  • June 13, 2008

    12:54 PM

    Carl writes:

    The thing is, that Holliday would hit just as well in Boston, or any other park that has a short deck in left field. So, while your split stats show some info, they don't even come close to telling the whole story.
    The deal is that Holliday and Boras will go where the money is. This is Holliday's one and only chance to cash in on a big level. It might end up being his final MLB contract. So, that said, the Rockies have zero chance to re-sign him because some team will overpay for him, be it Boston (Manny will be gone soon), the Yankees (Matsui will be their DH), the Angels (Anderson will be gone soon enough), etc, etc...
    So long as Holliday doesn't just start hitting .160, he's going to get a contract offer of 6-8 years at somewhere in the neighborhood of $180 Million.
    No way in hell the Monforts will be in the same stratosphere as that kind of offer.
    He's gone folks.

  • June 15, 2008

    10:42 PM

    Charlie writes:

    The Rockies are only 3 games out of second place in the division as of today, and 8.5 out of 1st which is where they were most of last year until the historic run. No one is running away with the division this year, and the Rockies are currently on a roll winning their last four series.

  • June 17, 2008

    9:54 AM

    Jason writes:

    And Charlie, if you really believe that the Diamondbacks and the rest of the NL West (not counting the Rockies) is going to keep playing sub-.500 ball, then you're smoking some really good stuff. The Rockies will continue to be sub-par this entire season, and the D-Backs, Dodgers and company will continue to improve. Try not to get your hopes up. Last night was a clear indication that the Rockies are not a good team and that last year was indeed a fluke. Just learn to accept it.

  • June 18, 2008

    4:18 PM

    Cleetus writes:

    I think they should trade everyone and close Coors field. Other than a good run last year, the Rockies are really not that good. We could use the money that is brought in to buy a big balloon and fill it with all of the BS that is going on here. Let the team play when they are healthy. The entire year if possible. If you get a good trade offer for Holliday, then take it, but definately leave Tulo out of it.

    BTW -- no big name pitcher will ever, ever, ever come to Denver.

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