The Oakland Athletics have completed their trade for star outfielder Matt Holliday from the Colorado Rockies, acquiring the big bat they wanted for the middle of their lineup.
The Rockies receive 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 physicals and other details to be completed.
This is a major move by an A's team that began a rebuilding phase last winter and is more accustomed to losing star players than acquiring them.
Holliday, runner-up for the 2007 NL MVP award, is to make $13.5 million next season and then will be eligible to become a free agent.