November 10, 2008 1:57 PM
Another all-star leaving Denver
If it's Monday, then it must be 'trade-an-All Star' day again in Denver.
Just as Allen Iverson was dealt from the Nuggets to the Detroit Pistons last week, Matt Holliday no longer is a member of the Rockies. Colorado traded Holliday to the Oakland A's in exchange for star reliever Huston Street, left-handed pitcher Greg Smith and outfield prospect Carlos Gonzalez.
Unless he works out a contract extension with the A's, Holliday will be in the final year of his contract in 2009.
Now we can argue this thing out until darkness falls and the sun brings back the morning light. Time will tell who's right and who's wrong.
One one hand, trading Holliday in his prime, you expect at least one bonafide every-day player in return. You know, somebody you've heard of that's in the lineup at least 80-90 percent of the time -- not two unproven prospects and a 25-year-old reliever.
OK, so make that a pretty darn good reliever in Street. Street has 271 strikeouts with 78 walks in 269 innings pitched over 247 career appearances. He was the American League's Rookie of the Year in 2005. While he should be in line to receive a salary increase in 2009 (from $3.3 million in '08) -- but nowhere near the $13 million Holliday is scheduled to receive for the coming season.
On the other hand, if you don't believe Holliday is worth the $20-$30 million-a-year contract he might command elsewhere, then deal him for whatever you can get -- instead of being left empty-handed when he walks as a free agent.
I say get what you can and be done with it. Holliday wasn't biting at the Rockies' offers of four years with an option for year No. 5. The Rockies, still signing checks to Todd Helton at a $16 million-plus per year pace, don't want to assume the risk with Holliday.
Yes, angry Rockie Fan, I know. The Monforts are really bad men and you want them out as owners of the Rockies. They're cheap, you say. They should sell the team to someone who can afford Holliday's market value, so that Rockie Fan can enjoy a winner annually at Coors Field.
After all, he who spendeth the most almost always win the championship. Can I get an amen, Yankee Fan? Can I get a what-what, Met Fan?
Can I get an answer-answer to my question.
My question to you, Rockie Fan, is this -- what production do you expect in return from a player who is paid $20 million a year? How about 40 homers. Or 140 RBI. Gold Glove-winning defense. Is that too much to ask for $20 million, which, based on the contract, certainly will rise as the years go by.
Do you think Holliday, who turns 29 in January, is going to put up 200 homers and 600 RBI over the next five seasons? (Those, by the way, are Alex Rodriguez numbers over the past five seasons.)
You've got plenty of space to make comments below. Try not to waste it with the Monfort talk, though I know it's the easy road to take. We get it that a lot of you don't like the Monforts. Why do you keep going to the games at Coors Field if you want them gone?
Answer this question: What production do you expect in return from an every-day player who is paid $20 million or more in a year? And do you believe Holliday will post those type of numbers in the next five seasons to come?