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Athletics trade Wallace

In a surprise move, Oakland has reportedly traded the one-time prize of the Cardinals' farm system to Toronto.

Brett Wallace, the centerpiece of the deal that brought Matt Holliday to St. Louis, was swapped for outfielder Michael Taylor, according to an ESPN report.

Taylor, a 6-foot-6, 260-pound right-handed outfielder was ranked the Phillies' sixth-best prospect at the beginning of the 2009 season. He was included in the three-way swap between the Phillies, Blue Jays and Mariners that saw Roy Halladay land in Philadelphia. He hit .333 with 15 homers in 318 at bats last season in Class AA Reading. He also smacked 22 doubles and stole 18 bases.

Its interesting with all the talk today about the increased likelihood the Cardinals will be able to keep Holliday, the guy it hurt so much to give up for him was swapped so quickly. While Taylor is a highly-touted prospect, it would seem the Athletics have decided that Wallace isn't going to be the next Babe Ruth after all...