Revisiting old Rockies rumors
Much about the Texas Rangers possibly trading Michael Young reminds me of the Colorado Rockies-Boston Red Sox rumors involvingbefore the 2007 season.
Like Young, Helton had been the center of a rebuilding effort but his salary started to outweigh his performance. Also like Young, despite no longer being the central figure in the offense — Matt Holliday, Garrett Atkins andhad better seasons than Helton in 2006 just as Josh Hamilton and now Adrian Beltre have become the primary offensive forces in Texas — Helton was a revered a figure in the lineup and clubhouse.
For a brief time during that offseason, a trade of Helton seemed inevitable. The Rockies, looking to shed part of his salary in order to focus on keeping its new nucleus together, seemed to have crossed a previously unthinkable threshold. A trade looked best for all involved, but the team wasn’t going to give its icon away. The Rockies were set to acquire third baseman Mike Lowell and reliever Julian Tavarez and send about $40 million to the Red Sox to cover part of the $90 million remaining on Helton’s contract at the time. But the Rockies also wanted an elite prospect or two included in the deal and after failing to talk the Red Sox into parting with outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, turned their attention to a pair of young relievers. The Red Sox didn’t budge on their offer, talks fell apart and a few months later Helton and the Rockies faced the Red Sox in the Word Series.
The pitchers whose potentially bright futures kept Helton a Rockie? Craig Hansen, who spent all of 2010 in the minor leagues, was one. The other, and the one reportedly key to the deal collapsing: Manny Delcarmen.