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Helton to Sox iffy

While Todd Helton remains a fascinating possibility for the Red Sox, major league sources indicate that the Red Sox will only make a deal “if the chips are perfectly in place.”

The Red Sox like their team as presently constituted and though Helton, a .333 career hitter with a .430 on base percentage and three Gold Gloves, would add an incredible dimension, there’s concern about the five remaining years of his contract at $91.1 million. Presumably the Rockies are willing to pick up at least half of that. The Red Sox would not want to give up young players, in keeping with their theme from the trading deadline last season through to the winter meetings.


The teams are expected to talk again this week, but the initial buzz around the talks has been that the Red Sox would really have to have a change of heart from their present view of a deal.

The Rockies have been shopping Helton around and the Red Sox are a natural spot because of Boston’s resources. Helton also fits with the type of hitter the Red Sox love – patient, works the count and a player who could continue a Hall of Fame-caliber career at Fenway.


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