Is Holliday enough to lift A's?
November, 11, 2008
As I write this late Monday night, we're still waiting for details of the trade that's going to send Matt Holliday to the A's, but there's little doubt that it's going to happen. And while it's a deal that nobody seems to have expected, the early reviews are positive, at least from Oakland's side. Here's Athletics Nation:
Holliday will be a nice shot in the arm for the A's stagnant bats. If anything, at least you finally get a "hitter". The A's haven't had very many of those.
The other thing it does do, I believe, is send a clear message to A's fans that the A's are going to try to compete in 2009. You don't acquire a guy of Holliday's caliber with one year left on his contract to wallow in the basement of the AL West. I also think we could see the A's also sign someone like [Rafael] Furcal as well to try and drastically reduce the pressure on the A's young staff. You add someone like Furcal to the A's lineup and suddenly you have a lineup that looks like this:
[Eric] Chavez (if healthy)
[Travis] Buck / [Aaron] Cunningham
Now that is not going to set the world on fire, but it does certainly look like it could put up its share of runs.