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Sox interested in Helton?

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  January 27, 2007 10:27 AM

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The Denver Post reported in today's editions that the Red Sox have interest in acquiring first baseman Todd Helton from the Rockies.

The Red Sox and the Rockies did speak about Helton back in November at the General Manager's meetings, but at the time the talks were more centered around a Helton-for-Manny Ramirez swap. This time around, the Post wrote that reliever Craig Hansen might be the coveted player by the Rockies.

The Post reported that nothing was imminent, but that Helton, who has a no-trade clause is aware of Boston's interest and would consider Boston.

Helton has six years and $90.1 million remaining on his contract, and the Red Sox could face luxury-tax penalties if they acquire the first baseman, issues that would have to be resolved, wrote the Post.

It might come down to the Rockies eating a portion of the deal so the Red sox don't go over the $148 million payroll threshhold.
The Red Sox have indicated earlier this winter they were unwilling to part with their young pitching prospects. The report said that the Rockies have also inquired about Manny Delcarmen.

Helton, a career .333 hitter, is scheduled to earn $16.6 million this season. He's had back issues the past few years.

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