The low-budget Oakland Athletics completed their trade with the Colorado Rockies for star outfielder Matt Holliday Wednesday, securing the big bat Oakland sought for the middle of its order.
"Originally, it was a little bit of a surprise considering I've never been traded before," Holliday said. "I spent my first 11 years of professional baseball in the Rockies organization. Any time you make a change there's a bit of an unknown."
Colorado received right-handed reliever Huston Street, lefty starter Greg Smith and promising outfielder Carlos Gonzalez from the A's. The clubs reached a tentative agreement Monday, but had to wait for the results of physicals and other details to be worked out.
This is a major move by an A's team that began rebuilding last winter and is more accustomed to losing star players than acquiring them.
Holliday, a two-time All-Star and runner-up for the 2007 NL MVP award, is due to make $13.5 million next season and then will be eligible to become a free agent.
Maddon near unanimous
Joe Maddon easily won the American League Manager of the Year award Wednesday for guiding Tampa Bay from baseball's basement to the World Series in one astonishing season.
Lou Piniella took the NL honor after leading the Cubs to the league's best record.
Maddon, who succeeded Piniella as Tampa Bay manager in 2006, was a runaway winner in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. He received all but one of the 28 first-place votes — the other went to Minnesota's Ron Gardenhire.
Piniella beat out Charlie Manuel of the World Series champion Phillies to earn his third Manager of the Year award and first in the NL. The fiery skipper also won in 1995 and 2001 with Seattle.
Weathers done with Reds?
Veteran reliever and free agent David Weathers believes his career with the Reds is over, according to a report on MLB.com.
"As far as I'm concerned, I've flipped the page," Weathers told MLB.com on Wednesday.
The 39-year-old was 4-6 with a 3.25 ERA over 72 relief appearances last season. He had 33 saves in 2007.