Originally Posted by DJ's left nut
His 'replacement' would end up being Matt Adams or Matt Carpenter at 1b.
Matt Holliday is much better than those 2.
Unless you could get a legitimate long-term asset in return (i.e. Andrus), there's no way to trade Holliday. Nick Swisher will walk away with a better contract than Holliday at the end of this FA period, just watch.
The new television deals are about to obliterate the financial landscape, especially with the Dodgers looking to get involved. If you have a star caliber player locked up long-term on a deal that came before that, you'd be wise not to trade him.
I would disagree with the "much" better at least in Adams case. You have valid points and I'm not advocating giving the guy away. He is 32 however, a and we have probably already gotten the most out of that contract with him as we ever will on the back end. If someone needs a solid right handed stick at a reasonable rate we could expect a nice return. Adams has the potential to hit for Holliday type power 20-30 hr's a year, decent average (he sprays to all fields) .280 to .310 for example. You also get a slight upgrade defensively in both positions.
Again, don't give the guy away, but if you get the opportunity to significantly upgrade at SS, and maybe some solid left handed pitching help you have to take a serious look. I don't want to touch any of our young pitching right now.