Now, not even 13 months later, Holliday is being traded to the A's, and the Rockies are making plans to have Taveras and Atkins follow him out the door. Add in closer Brian Fuentes' departure via free agency, and you can see that the Rockies of 2009 will look nothing like the team that went to the World Series in 2007.
Given the payroll restrictions that Rockies ownership has imposed on the Colorado front office, it will be hard for general manager Dan O'Dowd to put together a team that can return to the postseason anytime soon. But it may not be his problem for long, because O'Dowd has told people that if the Rockies aren't any better in 2009 than they were in 2008, he expects to lose his job.
The Rockies never had a chance to sign Holliday long-term, and their negotiations with Fuentes went nowhere.
The Rockies will get some major-league players back from Oakland as part of the Holliday trade, but sources said that reliever Huston Street will be traded to another team. Meanwhile, the Rockies are shopping Atkins (the Twins are among the interested teams), Taveras and backup catcher Yorvit Torrealba.