Perhaps G.M. Billy Beane was not quite as satisfied as we thought with Emil Brown's .683 OPS in the outfield, because the Oakland A's are on the verge of making a big splash in the trade market, as per Jon Heyman:
The A's are closing in on a deal with the Rockies that would send star outfielder Matt Holliday to Oakland from Colorado, SI.com has learned. The players Colorado would receive are not yet known.
I'd provide some instant analysis but I'm just not smart enough to analyze something this surprising in just an instant. Still, with exactly one Athletics hitter breaking the vaunted .400 mark of slugging percentage last season (note: there is nothing vaunted about a .400 SLG), this will provide manager Bob Geren with a Real Live Actual Baseball Hitter to pencil into his lineup every day.
UPDATE: A confidential source to Walkoff Walk says that Holliday is coming into Oakland tomorrow for his physical with the A's staff. Turn your head and cough, etc.