Matt Holliday's new Oakland teammates speak in reverential tones about his work ethic and his modesty. One general manager, who has known him since he signed, says, "Matt has to be one of the 10 best players in the game." Yet despite the numbers Holliday launched in his five seasons in Colorado, and as much as he enjoyed the Rockies' ride to the 2007 World Series, he knows he moves toward November as the headliner of the 2009-10 free-agent class. And that his trade to the A's might have been the best thing that happened, because of his numbers in Colorado.
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