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Rockies to get A’s Street, Gonzalez, Smith for Holliday

Tracy Ringolsby
Rocky Mountain News
Denver, CO Colorado
Matt McClain/Rocky Mountain NewsRockies left fielder Matt Holliday is spending the offseason near the Newport Beach, Calif., offices of his agent, Scott Boras.
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DENVER, Colorado ” The Rockies are in position to fill three needs for the price of one.

They on Monday essentially completed a trade of outfielder Matt Holliday to the Oakland Athletics, which will:

* Answer their concerns about their closer with the addition of All-Star Huston Street.

* Give them another starting pitcher with the acquisition of left-hander Greg Smith.

* Fill an outfield void by acquiring Carlos Gonzalez.

The deal is awaiting only the results of physicals of the players involved.

Gonzalez and Smith were among the prospects the A’s acquired last year in the Dan Haren trade with Arizona. With the expectation that center fielder Willy Taveras will also be dealt this offseason, the Rockies now have the trio of Gonzalez, Ryan Spilborghs and Seth Smith, along with the anticipated re-signing of Scott Podsednik, from which to choose in left field and center field.

Street eliminates the pressure on Manny Corpas to rebound from a subpar 2008 as the Rockies attempt to replace Brian Fuentes, who is a free agent.

Smith adds to the Rockies’ options in the starting rotation, an area in which they’re expected to gain even more depth with the eventual trade of third baseman Garrett Atkins. The Twins, Angels and Phillies have shown strong interest in Atkins, and all have a young starting pitcher to include in a deal.

A’s general manager Billy Beane said last week during baseball’s GM meetings that he has some payroll room to add a run-producing corner outfielder, which would make Holliday a fit.

Holliday is due to earn $13.5 million in 2009, then would become a free agent.


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