The Rockies have traded 28-year old righty swinging outfielder Matt Holliday to the Oakland A’s for Huston Street, Carlos Gonzalez and Greg Smith. Holliday was one of the best players in Rockies’ history depite only playing for them 5 seasons. Holliday played in 139 games last season for the Rockies and he was 173 for 539 (.321 avg, .947 OPS) with 107 runs scored, 25 homers, 88 RBIs and 28 stolen bases. Holliday finished his career with the Rockies playing in 698 games in which he was 848 for 2,656 (.319 avg, .938 OPS) with 479 runs scored, 128 homers, 483 RBIs and 66 stolen bases. Replacing Holliday’s bat won’t be easy but the Rockies did get a pretty nice haul for him.
25-year old righty reliever Huston Street will likely be the Rockies’ closer unless he’s spun off in another trade. Street pitched in 63 games (0 starts) for the A’s last season and he was 7-5 with 18 saves, a 3.73 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. In four years with the A’s, Street pitched in 247 games (0 starts) in which he was 21-12 with 94 saves, a 2.88 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. Street has only allowed 210 hits in 269 career major league innings while whiffing 271 batters. He’s a ground ball pitcher and he should be very successful for the Rockies if they keep him. 24-year old lefty starting pitcher Greg Smith will move right into the Rockies’ starting rotation. Smith pitched in 32 games (all starts) as a rookie last season for the A’s and he was 7-16 with a 4.16 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. Smith only allowed 169 hits in 190.1 innings last season for the A’s but he walked 87 batters and that would be big trouble in Coors Field. 23-year old lefty swinging Carlos Gonzalez will likely compete for a starting job somewhere in the Rockies’ outfield. He played in 85 games as a rookie last season for the A’s and he was 73 for 302 (.242 avg, .633 OPS) with 31 runs scored, 4 homers, 26 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.
Despite moving Matt Holliday this trade still made sense for the Rockies who needed pitching help.