... Oakland’s bold move comes in sharp contrast to general manager Billy Beane’s fire sale that began last offseason and lasted until his team was a wretched excuse for a major league franchise. A cynic might suggest that Beane is acquiring Holliday in order to flip him for more prospects down the road. If true, that would be an extremely risky strategy. Holiday is a free agent after 2009, and any injury would leave Beane in a serious jam. Oakland owner Lew Wolff just might be tired of losing, and sees an opportunity to compete in the lackluster AL West.
Obviously, it’s too early to gauge how the Holliday deal will impact the Angels and their offseason player decisions. It might suggest, however, that Oakland isn’t going to roll over and play dead as they so generously did halfway through 2008. Remember this: the Athletics were within striking distance of the Halos when Beane jettisoned Rich Harden to the Cubs in July.
FoxSports.com reports that Oakland is a serious bidder for the services for Rafael Furcal. If the Athletics can roll out a lineup that features Holliday and Furcal against an Angels lineup devoid of Mark Teixeira, fans might not notice much of a difference.
It’s now more imperative than ever for the Angels to resign Teixeira and add a bat like Milton Bradley's to replace the declining Garret Anderson. If not, they may struggle to match the Athletics’ new-look offense.