Holliday won't speculate on future
Rockies All-Star the subject of trade rumors as deadline nears
NEW YORK -- Rockies All-Star left fielder Matt Holliday loves having a simple life. The idea that he's in New York to meet the Mets and will stay for the All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium -- which he'll start in right field for the National League team -- is more than enough for him to embrace.
He wanted nothing to do with various reports linking him to the two New York clubs who are known to have interest in trading for his power bat.
"I play for the Rockies," Holliday said. "I'm not going to sit here and talk about playing for somebody else. It hasn't happened."
No one even knows the chances of him being traded. Holliday is signed through next season on a two-year, $23 million contract. The lack of a long-term deal makes him considered a possible trade target, but the Rockies also entered Friday 7 1/2 games back in a jumbled National League West and not in position to trade their best hitter and send a message that they don't think they can make up the ground.
Rockies closer Brian Fuentes is a free agent at season's end and is a candidate to be dealt, no matter if the Rockies feel they're in it. Fuentes, Holliday and several teammates -- catcher Yorvit Torrealba, third baseman Garrett Atkins and center fielder Willy Taveras, among others -- show up almost daily in speculation.
General manager Dan O'Dowd, who is with the club on this road trip, said he has made no determination about the season.
"We just take this thing a day at a time," O'Dowd said Friday.
Of the much-rumored bunch, Holliday and Atkins came up through the Rockies' organization, and almost all of Fuentes' time in the Majors has come since he was acquired in a deal with the Mariners before the 2002 season. Holliday admitted that the possibility of breaking up a group of players which has been together so long is difficult.
"Trades happen, but the hardest part for me is seeing your friends, or if it's me, having to leave guys that mean a lot to you, are close friends and you're close to their families," Holliday said.
Asked about the possibility of insisting upon reopening discussions with the Rockies about a longer contract, Holliday said that is not his style.
"That's not anything I would have anything to do with," Holliday said. "This is during the season. Those are business things that I'm not really involved with right now. It's hard enough for me to come here and play every day.
"I'm under contract through next year, so it's not really my place to go to the Rockies and say, 'Hey, why don't we do this?' I'm happy to be here. This is where I play. That's the way I look at it."
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.