When the Rockies spoke to the Angels about a possible Todd Helton trade in December and at the winter meetings, it represented a change in philosophy regarding their expensive first baseman.
Rockies owner Charlie Monfort publicly admitted yesterday that the Rockies are exploring trading Helton because allocating 30% of payroll to one player isn’t wise. Dan O’Dowd, the game’s second worst GM according to Dayn Perry, will have his work cut out for him. Helton is due $90 million over the next five seasons (an AAV of $18MM). PECOTA values him at just $31.7 million over that same time period. There seems to be no way the Rockies can unload Helton’s salary without eating $30MM or so.