Holliday to A’s?

Several sources are reporting that the Colorado Rockies have traded, or are close to trading, Matt Holliday to the Oakland Athletics.

Per Ken Rosenthal
, as of 2:56 PM EST:

The players the Rockies will receive have not been decided, and the deal likely will not be finalized for approximately 48 hours, sources said.

Over the weekend, the teams discussed A’s outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, left-hander Greg Smith and reliever Huston Street, according to one source, but it is not known if any or all of those players will be included in the package for Holliday.

Also per Rosenthal, the A’s will not “flip” Holliday nor trade him next July. Supposedly they are increasing their payroll to $80M and “plan to contend next season”.

If true, I’m happy Holliday is out of the NL and not going to the Phillies.

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