A repost from the 'Rama:
I knew there was a reason I liked Woody Paige!
Holliday would be a significant addition for Cleveland, and the Rockies also could send best friend Garrett Atkins or Brad Hawpe.
In exchange, the Rockies could seek starting pitcher Cliff Lee (8-1, 1.88 ERA and four superb pitches), a middle reliever and an outfield prospect. The Rox, depending on the second player in the deal, play Ian Stewart at third or in left, and Ryan Spilborghs becomes a full-time starting outfielder who could be the next Holliday.
Or, consider: The Rockies acquire Cleveland pitcher C.C.
Sabathia, who got off to a terrible start before settling. It would be 2007 Cy Young winner for MVP runner-up.
Personally, I think I'd be fine with either scenario.. although I think Shapiro is still confident he can re-sign C.C. somehow.
But Cliff Lee, a middle reliever, and an outfield prospect for Matt Holliday and either Garrett Atkins or Brad Hawpe? I'd be all over that. What's funny is that in the subsequent article, a fan wrote this in regards to this trade scenario:
Dear Mr. Paige - I just read your column stating that the Colorado Rockies should trade Matt Holliday. As a baseball fan, I felt that you made some excellent points, except for one: Do you think a Holliday-for-Cliff Lee trade could ever happen? If I were a Rockies fan, I'd love to see it realized, but what are the odds that a team that's very much in playoff contention in June would deal one of the best left-handed pitchers in the game? We don't know if Lee has found himself, or if he's just enjoying an abnormally stellar season, but if I were the Indians' GM, I wouldn't trade him for anybody ... at least not now, with the season he's having.
-- Jamie Yates, Seattle
The underlined part is from me. One of the best left-handed pitchers in the game? Hold on now. I've always liked Lee, but he's definitely having an abnormally stellar season. Unless he's just completely found himself for the first time in his career, this ISN'T the real Cliff Lee. The real Cliff Lee is a good starter, but not ace material. He may very well continue at this pace all year, and be in Cy Young contention yet again.. but personally, I wouldn't count on this being the "new" Cliff Lee from now on, after this season.
So yeah.. I'd definitely deal Cliff Lee, a reliever, and an OF prospect (Francisco, Gutierrez, Weglarz, Crowe, Snyder) for Holliday and Atkins or Hawpe. You capitalize on Lee's success so far while you still can, because there's no guarantee it'll continue.
That would leave us in a precarious position if Shapiro can't re-sign Sabathia, leaving us with only Byrd, Westbrook, Carmona, and Laffey.. but last I heard, the Tribe is definitely calling Adam Miller up at some point this year to get him acclimated to the majors, because he's to be a big part of their staff in 2009 either way.