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Saturday, January 27, 2007


Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post is reporting that the Red Sox and Rockies are discussing a trade that would bring Todd Helton to Boston. Helton is owed $90.1 million over the next five season or an average of $18 million per year. The first baseman also has a full no-trade clause so even if the Rockies and Red Sox come to an agreement, Helton would need to be compensated.

Colorado's first priority has been to add young pitchers, which Boston possesses. The Rockies have asked about reliever Manny Delcarmen, 24, in previous talks regarding other players and considered selecting pitcher Craig Hansen in the first round of the 2005 draft.

The Rockies, however, have shown a willingness to eat a portion of Helton's remaining salary in any deal, which, depending on the amount, would have an impact on the type of players they would receive in return.

In any deal, Mike Lowell would probably head to Denver along with young pitchers with Youk heading across the diamond to the hot corner.

Even if the Sox think Helton will thrive in Boston and not hit 266/360/421 as he did last year away from Coors, the long-term consequence is the $90.1 million may not allow the Sox to be aggressive next winter. Carlos Zambrano, Andruw Jones, Ichiro, Adam Dunn would all be better options.


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