Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Red Sox Talks With Rockies regarding Todd Helton Break Off

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - The Colorado Rockies released a statement on Monday night stating that the trade talks with Boston involving first baseman Todd Helton have come to an end.
The Rockies said in the release that there will not be any further discussions.
"This is not a trade that we were anxious to complete, but we are always exploring ways to improve our team," said Rockies Chairman and CEO Charlie Monfort. "Discussions like these regarding a player of Todd's talent and character are never easy, and it's not surprising we were not able to reach an agreement. Todd has been and will continue to be an important part of our franchise, and we can't wait to see him with the rest of the Rockies in Tucson."
Several reports indicated that Colorado wanted a top-tier prospect in a package for Helton, but were unable to land the players they wanted. Boston players mentioned as potential trade pieces included third baseman Mike Lowell and pitchers Julian Tavarez and Manny Delcarmen.
Helton is a career .333 hitter with 286 home runs and 996 runs batted in. His power numbers have been on the decline over the past two seasons, and he hit just 15 homers and finished with 81 RBI last season.

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