Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post has a host of trade rumors in his recent column. Let's break it down:
- Time to restart those Todd Helton rumors, as the first baseman is hitting a robust .360/.473/.533. Renck thinks a trade to Detroit is unlikely, but that the Yankees, Red Sox, or Braves could make a play for him this summer. The Yanks came up recently via Mark Healey. Maybe with Helton's strong start, the Rockies can get their part of Helton's $90MM contract down to $30MM.
- Renck likes the Rockies, Braves, and Red Sox as suitors for Rocco Baldelli. Rocco hopes to return in early June from a strained left hamstring. I wouldn't expect a deal until at least late June.
- The Astros apparently are not making Chris Burke available despite his demotion. That's a shame, because the Rockies like him. The Rox are hoping to see Kaz Matsui return from a back strain this week, so we'll see how that goes first.
- The Angels still have interest in Garrett Atkins but talks haven't been serious. Seems odd that Dan O'Dowd would sell low on Atkins at this point, but I guess it depends on the return and the Rockies' projections for him.
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