Rockies Ask....Theo Stands Firm On "Super Six."
The Helton negotiations have hit a snag, a snag in the form of a brick wall erected by Theo Epstein to protect the Sox' five (or six...see below) top prospects. They would be Craig Hansen, Little Manny Delcarmen, Jacob Elsbury, Daniel Bard and Clay Buchholz.The Rockies, in addition to Mikey Lowell and Julian Tavarez, want one of these guys. Our beloved Jon Lester's name has even been mentioned. Theo said, in a word, NO to each and every one of the "Super Six." And that's good. Helton is 32, he's not 28.
If this is as far as the deal goes, we're fine. I liked the setup of the 2007 Sox before these talks with the Rockies were made public, with the exception of the missing closer. To include one of these five (six, including JL) future greats would be lunacy.
Enjoy your Monday...I'll be back later this morning as we start the new week.