At this hour is appears pretty likely Colorado OF Matt Holliday has been traded to Oakland in exchange for as-yet-unnamed humans. While Phillip Michaels “looks forward to seeing which prospects he’s eventually flipped for”, Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal insists the A’s plan to keep Holliday, who is scheduled to earn $13.5 million in 2009.

The Athletics are in position to increase payroll to as much as $80 million, and plans to contend next season.To that end, the A’s also are targeting free-agent shortstop Rafael Furcal to be their leadoff man. Furcal is drawing interest from about 10 clubs, according to his agent, Paul Kinzer. The acquisition of Holliday could help persuade Furcal that the A’s are serious about competing.

If the Rockies obtained lefthander Greg Smith from Oakland, they almost certainly would insert him into their starting rotation. The addition of Huston Street would represent a buffer against the pending loss of free-agent closer Brian Fuentes.

From a Flushing-centric perspective, I’m glad to see neither Philly nor St. Louis could seal the deal for Holliday, but equally troubled at the hint of Houston Street — a more attractive closer proposition from this vantage point than Chad Cordero or Derek Turnb(l)ow — ending up with a National League club besides the Mets.