UPDATE: Tracy Ringolsby of the Rocky Mountain News says the Rockies are demanding an elite prospect from Boston, which might hold up the deal. The Rox have agreed to pick up $40MM, but want one of Daniel Bard, Manny Delcarmen, Craig Hansen, Clay Buchholz, or maybe Jon Lester. Fat chance on Buchholz or Bard.
Tons of Todd Helton stories in today’s papers; let’s see if there’s anything new.
Michael Silverman posted this info yesterday but I didn’t mention it: the Rockies are the driving force behind this deal. Makes sense, given that Boston has no strong need for Helton and shouldn’t give up a lot of young talent. The Rockies have made proposals, but the Red Sox have rejected all of them. Silverman mentions most of the names we heard yesterday: Craig Hansen, Manny Delcarmen, Julian Tavarez, Mike Lowell.
Nick Cafardo mentions that back in November, the talk was about a Helton for Manny Ramirez trade. Not sure how that would make sense for Boston. Cafardo says the current talks don’t include Manny. He says the Rockies want one or two young players who can help soon.
The Denver Post says Helton wants a deal made soon, if it happens. He may or may not have imposed a deadline on the Rockies. He confirmed his interest in Boston to the paper.
The New York Daily News says the Red Sox are insisting on the inclusion of Matt Clement and Lowell. Clement will pitch by the All-Star break in the best case scenario after September shoulder surgery. Bill Madden’s source says the essence of a deal is in place, and the Rockies have agreed to eat half of Helton’s contract.