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Helton's Days In Colorado Are Numbered

By: Josh Earl
By: Josh Earl

First Matt Holliday, then Clint Hurdle, now get ready to say goodbye to Todd Helton. Rocktober is officially just a great memory. There are just 60 days remaining (from publish date May 31st) until the Major League Baseball trade deadline on July 31st. Before that deadline hits Todd Helton should be playing first base in another city.

First Matt Holliday, then Clint Hurdle, now get ready to say goodbye to Todd Helton. Rocktober is officially just a great memory.

There are just 60 days remaining (from publish date May 31st) until the Major League Baseball trade deadline on July 31st. Before that deadline hits Todd Helton should be playing first base in another city.

Helton will most likely be traded and in my humble opinion he should be, for the good of everyone involved.

Before the 2007 season Helton was nearly dealt to the Boston Red Sox for third baseman Mike Lowell and pitcher Julian Tavarez. The Sox were unwilling to throw in another prospect that the Rockies desperately wanted and the deal fell through.

Ironically that non-deal worked out for everyone. Helton played a major role in helping the Rockies to their first and only World Series appearance. and in an ironic twist it was Lowell who pounded the Rockies in the series and was named World Series MVP.

In 2008 Helton's injuries piled up and his production fell through the floor as did his trade value.

Now that Rocktober is in the past and Helton is back to being a healthy and productive player, if the Rockies still want to trade the franchise they need to strike while the iron is hot.

It would be great to see Helton finish his career in a Rockies uniform, but unfortunately that's just not how sports work anymore. Helton would either have to retire at the end of his contract in 2011 (which is highly possible), or he would have to take a pay cut to finish his career in Colorado.

The Rockies pathetic financial situation would be helped immensely if they could rid themselves of Helton's contract. This season he will make 16.6 million dollars or nearly 23% of the teams entire payroll and that number only goes up over the next two years.

Helton is the Rockies all time leader in nearly every offensive category, and again I would love to see him finish his career in Colorado. However, when that trade deadline comes in July there will be some team somewhere that will be willing to overpay to put Helton in their lineup for the stretch run. Either the Rockies commit to keeping Helton for the rest of his career and in turn tie up the payroll, or get something for him now while his value is back on the rise.

 


 

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