Originally Posted by Jewish Rabbi
I bet frazod probably wishes we had him instead of Holliday, though
Yeah, we pretty much crushed that trade.
It didn't balance the scales on Haren/Mulder or anything, but we gave up absolutely nothing to get Holliday after the A's gave up Carlos Gonzalez and Houston Street to get him.
Those that worship at the altar of Billy Beane often forget the times that he gives up Andre Ethier for Milton Bradly, Aaron Harang for Jose Guillien and Tim Hudson for scrap.
Beane effectively undid all gains he made in the Haren trade by taking the 2 best players he got when he re-traded Haren, flipped them for Holliday and then lost Holliday for nada.
Beane's cosmic scorecard on the Mulder for Haren deal is little more than a couple of nice seasons by a starting pitcher on a losing team. He hurt the Cardinals far more than he helped the A's.