I'd be a lot more thrilled if it was someone who had put up the numbers Holliday has but without Coors being their home park. His home-road splits for the last three years:
avg obp slg hr rbi
road - .281 .343 .466 30 126
home - .370 .430 .676 59 212
Just for comparison sake, here's Juan Encarnacion's best season:
avg - .287
obp - .349
slg - .447
Outside of Coors, Holliday is Juan Encarnacion at his best.
How is it that his numbers at Busch Stadium are meaningless but when you sum together a bunch of meaningless stats at individual stadiums suddenly those numbers become more meaningful?
It's entirely possible that Holliday, like many, many athletes in all sports, perform better at home. Maybe he wouldn't do as well at Busch on a daily basis as he does at Coors, but to suggest he would be Juan Encarnacion is plain ignorant.
I wouldn't go so far as to say he is Juan Encarnacion...but his performance away from Coors Field is a huge red flag if you ask me.
And I'm not interested in acquiring an expensive piece to a puzzle, based on the strength of a couple dozen at bats at Busch Stadium. Way too small of a sample size if you ask me.
If we traded for him, his numbers at Busch would drop down much closer to his average road numbers in no time, especially since Busch Stadium III isn't a hitters park.
Yeah, he may just be the kind of guy who plays better at home...but to make the trade worth it, he'd have to be drastically better outside Coors than he is now, and I don't think I want to roll those dice.
I think it's a moot point anyway. They say Colorado is asking for a ton in return. And I doubt we give up a ton to get him.
I'd rather take my chances with Mather and/or Rasumus and see how they develop, than to give them up for a guy who may only be an average to slightly above average outfielder outside Coors Field.