Holliday explains expectations with A's
Oakland outfielder says he wants to play in postseason
CHICAGO -- A's outfielder Matt Holliday on Tuesday expressed in a national radio interview his desire to be moved before the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline if Oakland by then hasn't turned around its disappointing season.
Appearing on "The Show," carried on SIRIUS XM Radio's MLB Home Plate Channel, Holliday, who was acquired in a blockbuster trade in November and will be a free agent at season's end, first was asked if the A's have discussed with him a potential contract extension.
"They have not approached me or my representation at all," Holliday said. "I would assume that being a smaller-market team that is into developing young players currently, that they will probably either trade me at some point or take their [compensatory] draft picks [for losing a Type A free agent] at the end of the year.
"It's sort of the understanding that I have. So we'll just kind of see what happens. I'm taking it day-by-day and just trying to go out there and play the best that I can to help our team win, and then move on to the next day.
"I'm trying not to look forward too far ahead to what's going to happen. It sometimes can get a little bit confusing and overwhelming when you start thinking too far ahead."
Holliday, asked if he'd rather be traded or spend the rest of the year in Oakland, offered a carefully worded response that nonetheless left little doubt regarding his preference. The A's entered play Tuesday with the worst record (19-30) in the American League and were 10 1/2 games out of first place in the AL West.
"That's an interesting question," said Holliday, who entered the second game of a four-game series against the host White Sox on Tuesday on a 20-game tear (24-for-67, .358) for the A's.
"I'd like for this to work out. I've had a great time with my teammates and have really appreciated the way this organization has treated me in this first couple of months. The guys have been great, and I see a lot of potential in this team, but we obviously aren't playing very well.
"We got off to a rough start and we've had some injuries and find ourselves 10 or 11 games back in the race. So I would say if it looks like we're not going to be able to get back into the race or get healthy, I think every player wants a chance to win, and I'm no exception. I'd love to play in the postseason again. That was the time of my life in baseball ... getting a chance to play in the postseason in 2007.
"So if it looks like we're not going to be able to make it to the postseason and they can get some good players for me, I'd be OK with getting a chance to go try to make it to the postseason and play in October."
At that point, Holliday, who is well-liked and widely respected in the A's clubhouse, went out of his way to make it clear how much he enjoys his current teammates.
"I'm very appreciative of Oakland, how they have treated me and my family. And the guys on the team have been fantastic, and I've really made some good friends. So that's a tough one. That's something that's out of my control, so I don't necessarily have to make that decision. So I'll just try to take it a day at a time and work hard and try to play well."
Holliday, who hadn't played for any organization other than Colorado before the club sent him to Oakland in exchange for closer Huston Street, starting pitcher Greg Smith and outfield prospect Carlos Gonzalez, also was asked if he'd like to return to the Rockies if they made a run at him in free agency.
"I would consider it -- yeah, absolutely. I had a great time there," he said. "I think one of the big [considerations] for me is going to be winning. I really want to play in the postseason. I've been part of one really good team and several not-so-good teams, and I tell you, the one that ... won and went to the postseason was tons more fun than the ones where you're done come the end of September.
"If it looks like they're willing to maybe field a really good team, I'd definitely consider them. But at the same time, like I said, I want to play for a winning team -- and right now they're struggling. But they have a lot of young talent and some good players, so I would consider it."
Mychael Urban is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.