Helton said he is not goin anywhere this year. And he can say that cause he has a full no-trade clause.
And it wont be easy to trade him after the season either.
He is still owned about $73.5 million for the next 4 years incl. $.4.6 mill. buyout on his 2012 option.
So to accept a trade he will surely demand a contract extension, or least that his $23.0 million option for 2012 will be picked up.
Thats $92.0 million guaranteed money for the next 5 years.
So the Rockies pretty much stuck with him.
They could go the Hampton road, but theres no tradeable player who will earn that much money from 2008 - 2012.
The only cotracts running past Helton's are Soriano, Zito, V Wells.
So to trade a contract that huge, they'll must absorb a big contract for sure, like Manny Ramirez, and pay a big chunk of the Helton's contract after the player they got in return becomes a free agent.
So its more like they are showcasing Atkins at first. Angels, and Dodgers could be interested. And they are willing to give up pitching. Detroit, San Francisco (unlikely) or Baltimore could use him too.
And the Yankees but dont wanna give up premium pitching prospects, like Joba.
the awesome sig by soty
"You should be mindful of the future, but not at the expense of the
moment." - Qui-Gon Jinn (keeper league expert?)