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News » Leading Off 2008-12-10

Leading Off 2008-12-10

Leading Off  2008-12-10
Holliday trade gives A's fans mixed signals This is confusing.

The A's have preached "MoneyBall" for years. General manager Billy Beane has preached getting more out of less in building a winner. The players he acquires must have an on-base percentage that can milk runners from any lineup.

Now the A's throw all of the cards in the air and trade for Matt Holliday, one of the top sluggers in the game. Or did they just reshuffle the deck?

Not since 2001, when they traded for Johnny Damon (who was 27), have they acquired such a young star (Holliday is 28). Yes, they have had Frank Thomas and Mike Piazza as designated hitters recently, but those two were playing out their careers.

So what does this trade mean? Are the A's going to spend money to make a pennant run? Or will they use Holliday as a midseason trading chip?

Holliday is a free agent after next season and his agent is Elk Grove's Scott Boras, who will ask for a huge contract the A's do not normally pay.

I'm betting he's trade fodder.

What to surf www.baseball-reference .com/h/hollima01.shtml: Click here for Holliday's career statistics.

What to watch N.Y. Jets at New England, 5:15 p.m. NFL Network: This game is worth seeing, even though it might take more channel surfing than usual.

What to do Flames at Sharks, 7:30 p.m., San Jose: The Sharks have the most exciting offense in the league.

Wednesday's results NBA * Kings 103, Clippers 98 * 76ers 106, Raptors 96 * Pacers 98, Nets 87 * Celtics 103, Hawks 102 * Wizards 95, Jazz 87 * Knicks 132, Grizzlies 103 * Magic 109, Thunder 92 * Bucks 82, Spurs 78 * Blazers 104, Heat 96 * Lakers 93, Hornets 86 * Rockets 94, Suns 82

Today's poll What is your reaction to the A's-Rockies trade? * Happy about Holliday. * Sad about losing Street, Smith and Gonzalez. * Confused by the A's. To vote, go to www.sacbee.com/sports.

Wednesday's poll results Should the 49ers get rid of Mike Martz as offensive coordinator? * Yes. 51% * No. 49% Total votes: 208.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: December 10, 2008

Dane Looker Name: Dane Looker
Position: WR
Age: 32
Experience: 8 years
College: Washington
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