When the A's acquired Brett Wallace, Clayton Mortensen, and Shane Peterson from the Cardinals in July for Matt Holliday, my response was something of a "Meh."
I mean, the A's needed to trade Holliday, and I trust Billy Beane to get the best package of players he can, and a lot of people love Wallace, but I wasn't too thrilled with the package. Ultimately, it was somewhat similar to the Carlos Gonzalez-Huston Street-Greg Smith package used to acquire Holliday in the first place, so I figured it was pretty much a wash.
The only reason people saw the deal as a real victory for Oakland was not because of Mortensen, who had an awful stint in Oakland in 2009, and Peterson, a 1B/RF who hits like a CF; it was because of Wallace, who Fangraphs called the best prospect to change ha ...
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