Friday, July 24, 2009

Cards close the Holliday deal and look to revive his bat and thier BA

The Athletics and Cardinals have completed a trade that sends outfielder Matt Holliday to St. Louis in exchange for third baseman Brett Wallace, outfielder Shane Peterson and right-handed pitcher Clayton Mortensen in addition, the Athletics will throw in $1.5 million to the Cardinals. Holliday, 29, is eligible for free agency after this season, and has had a lackluster season overall with the Athletics, hitting .287 with 11 homers and 54 RBIs. But he has hit well this month, batting .344 with a .421 on-base percentage, and one scout who has seen him play said Tuesday that Holliday is swinging the bat as well now as he has all year. The first place Cards have been searching for a way to upgrade their offense to build some lineup protection for Pujols, but is this the right move? Many times in various sports have we’ve seen “a change in scenery” make all of the difference (Randy Moss, Lamar Odom, Corey Dillion) as both the player and the team get a shot in the arm and improve their games. However is this going to be one of those situations? Holliday has not been all that and a bag of chips since he left the Rockies and at 13mill per perhaps he should be. Any move in a positive direction is worth it for the Cards who despite hitting a dismal .254 (24th in the league) still find themselves in first place in the NL central, but eventually the sand runs out on timely hitting and inconsistency is exposed. The Cards are spending what cash they have left to go all in for this year. Is this going to be the move to get them back to the NLCS? Let us know here and in the MLB chat rooms and team rooms.
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