News & Notes: Will Holliday be the face of a boring trade season?

'Duk
June 26, 2009

A few items to peruse while singing ma ma se, ma ma sa, ma ma co sa ...

• If you've been paying attention to baseball the first few months, you know we're about to be buried in an avalanche of stories on how teams will be unwilling to pick up extra salary or depart with cheap prospects is going to douse the trading wildfire before it even starts.

With Jake Peavy(notes) on the DL, I expect that Matt Holliday(notes) will be the lead in almost every story and we're already seeing evidence that the assumption is a lock. Joe Stiglich writes that both of the above limits are true when it comes to Holliday and that Oakland GM Billy Beane doesn't care much if Holliday plays for the team the entire season since it'd mean two compensatory picks for the A's once Holliday signs elsewhere.

However, if Holliday keeps slumping — he's hitting .197 in his last 17 games — the payroll and prospect angles could be rendered moot. [Mercury News via MLBTR]

Ryan Braun is signed with the Brewers through 2015, but that didn't stop him from plopping $5 million down for a nice mansion in Malibu. (Hopefully he knows that Jackie Treehorn draws a lot of water in that nice, quiet little beach community.) [Sons of Steve Garvey]

Day Baseball! Cubs at White Sox 4:05 ET Wishing to avoid any excessive kung fu fighting, the South Siders always make sure to schedule day games against the Cubs when they can. Today's tilt features two pitchers — Randy Wells(notes) and Jose Contreras(notes) — who have done better than anyone thought they would. And, oh, if anyone has extras for either Saturday and Sunday, I know a certain Steward who's planning on heading down there and wishes to avoid talking with scalpers.

• Ozzie Guillen on his shortstop, Alexei Ramirez(notes): "I made a big mistake when I said in January he's going to be a better shortstop than Ozzie Guillen." [South Side Sox]

• How Ian Kinsler(notes) got away from the Diamondbacks not once, but twice. [Arizona Republic]

• Debating Magglio Ordonez's(notes) uncertain future in Detroit. [Mack Avenue Tigers]

• The always-quotable Dan Uggla(notes), on the death of Michael Jackson:

"I was sad."

Weren't we all, Dan? Weren't we all? [FishStripes]

Frank Thomas(notes) says he's "close" to officially retiring. [MLB Trade Rumors]