Three Degrees: Mark Mulder to Dan Haren to Matt Holliday

by on July 24, 2009 · 9 comments

The Matt Holliday to St. Louis trade rumors got us thinking…

Just how large of a haul has Billy Beane raked in via Mark Mulder’s balky shoulder?  The answer may surprise you, and make you rethink whether the Cards should be party to increasing the haul.

As you’ll find below, the (now) ill-fated Mulder deal was just an antecedent for more trades and more flipping by Beane to come.

Oakland sends Mark Mulder to St Louis for Dan Haren, Daric Barton, Kiko Calero .

Oakland sends Haren, Connor Robertson to Arizona for Carlos González, Brett Anderson, Aaron Cunningham, Greg Smith, Dana Eveland, and Chris Carter.

Oakland sends Carlos González, Huston Street and Greg Smith to Colorado for Matt Holliday.

Follow all of that?  Let me clean it up for you.

Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane turned Mark Mulder, Connor Robertson, and Huston Street into Daric Barton, Kiko Calero, Brett Anderson, Aaron Cunningham, Dana Eveland, Chris Carter, and Matt Holliday.

So far.

Not impressed?  Anderson, Cunningham, and Carter ranked second, third, and sixth in a deep Oakland organization coming into the 2009 season, according to John Sickels at Baseball America.  Oh yeah, that Holliday guy can hit a little bit as well.

Now Beane wants Brett Wallace (and maybe more) for Holliday?  Just say no, Mo.

Writing about the Cardinals and other loosely associated topics since 2008, I've grown tired of the April run-out only to disappoint Cardinal fans everywhere by mid-May. I do not believe in surrendering free outs.
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