MLB Trade Deadline 2009

Buzz leading up to July 31 non-waiver deadline

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Matt Holliday played in three consecutive All-Star Games
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The Cardinals appear to be getting close to acquiring star outfielder Matt Holliday from the A's.

One baseball official, speaking of the potential trade, said, "It's getting closer.''

The A's have been targeting top Cardinals hitting prospect Brett Wallace. The Cardinals may want the A's to pay the $1.8 million bonus Wallace received in 2008 in any deal involving him. In addition to Wallace, ESPN is reporting that the A's could also receive outfielder Shane Peterson and right-handed pitcher Clayton Mortensen if the deal is made.

The Cardinals will try to sign Holliday to a contract extension if they can complete the trade.

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is said to be pushing for the deal. Word is, he and pitching coach Dave Duncan were upset over the trade of Duncan's son, Chris, and La Russa stepped up his Holliday request since Duncan was traded without his approval.

Holliday, who's hitting .286 with 11 home runs and 54 RBIs, is a free agent at year's end, making him a prime candidate to be traded.

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