Matt Holliday, the biggest star to play for Oakland since the Zito, Mulder, Hudson era, has been traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for prospects, of course. As an A's fan I am tired of watching anybody remotely good end up getting traded or involved in trade rumors. Holliday had a slow start to the season with a batting average in the 230s or 240s. But when we got into June he began to heat up and his season average was up into the 270s, then the 280s and he had a few games in the low 300s. He has gone back down and the A's traded him before his stock got too low to get prospect 3B Brett Wallace from the Cardinals. I can't say this is a surprise because Holliday was in a contract year and earning $13 Million for this season and Billy Beane traded away the A's only all-star caliber player because Beane likes money more than winning. On the bright side, the A's are on pace to finish 10 games under 500, again. Beane was not going to give Holliday an offer that any Scott Boras player would sign so Holliday was as good as gone in free agency this year so at least the A's got a future 3rd baseman in Brett Wallace, a former #1 overall draft pick. Eric Chavez is injury-prone and his recent injury may be the end of his career so the A's adressed the problem by investing in their future rather than trying to win a few games when they know their season is over on October 4th.