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Rumor Mill: A's want Wallace

ESPN's Peter Gammons reports that the Athletics have asked the Cardinals for Brett Wallace in exchange for slugging outfieder Matt Holliday.

I'm guessing this explains the sudden deal Saturday night for Cleveland super utility player Mark DeRosa. The Cardinals prize Wallace as their third baseman of the future with incumbent third sacker Troy Glaus likely leaving at the end of the season as a free agent, so they likely thought of DeRosa as plan B.

Should the Cardinals seriously consider giving up Wallace? The guy is on fire lately, hitting .405 in his last 10 games at Class AAA Memphis. For the season, he is hitting .282 with nine homeruns between Memphis and Class AA Springfield. The problem is he is a very weak defender who could offset his offensive potential by giving away runs in the field.

I doubt the Cardinals would deal Wallace. But if they did, they ought to ask for an opportunity to lock up Holliday to a contract extension first.

In a down economic period, talk is that Holliday could regret having passed on a six-year contract offer from his former team, the Rockies. Supposedly he could be looking at a three-year, $30 million deal now.