Red Sox Looking At Todd Helton
This from the Denver Post, and then a word from a puzzled yet optimistic me.....
"As first reported by The Denver Post on Saturday, the Rockies have discussed sending Helton to Boston, targeting young relievers Craig Hansen and Manny Delcarmen. The Red Sox have offered third baseman Mike Lowell and reliever Julian Tavarez, but are reluctant, thus far, to give up either young pitcher.
While an initial framework has been established on the $90.1 million remaining on Helton's contract - the Rockies would be responsible for a little more than $40 million as it stands - Helton's understandable desire for a speedy conclusion is also an important factor.
Helton, 33, has indicated to the Rockies that he would waive his no-trade clause for the Red Sox, but he is prepared to veto any deal if it is not consummated soon. The Red Sox's posture Saturday was to slightly downplay the talks, stressing a lack of urgency because they like their current lineup.
However, a major-league source who has spoken directly with the Red Sox said Saturday night there is still a good chance the deal gets done if Boston can get Helton for less than $10 million annually over the next six seasons.
Helton, who would likely bat second in front of David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez, is scheduled to make $16.6 million over the next four years, $19.1 million in 2011 with a $4.6 million buyout in 2012."
Peter here, and yes, there are articles in both the Globe and the Herald today. The Denver Post article is linked when you click on the title of this post. Helton would be a major addition to our lineup. But I like our lineup as it stands now. Giving up Lowell and moving Youk to third? There's an improvement, but not enough of an improvement to move Delcarmen or Hansen. Tavarez? Sure, I'm already waving! But he WAS good last year when all else failed, and the season was ovah.
I can't read minds-this whole thing has hit us suddenly. And I think the huge expenditure of money would be better spent on filling the biggest hole. THE CLOSER, or lack thereof. I guess we'll have to watch and wait as the wheels turn in the Sox front office. As the Globe summed up...
.......major league sources indicate that the Red Sox will only make a deal "if the chips are perfectly in place."
I always say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. But Helton batting second, sure to hit .315, with plenty of pop in his bat? I could live with that.......but Theo, remember last year? We can never have enough pitching....