• Just Say No To Todd Helton

    Posted by on May 24th, 2007 · Comments (7)

    From yesterday’s Denver Post -

    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told reporters this week that although trades are always possible, nothing is warm right now. Still, multiple scouts said Wednesday the Yankees are interested in Rockies first baseman Todd Helton and closer Brian Fuentes, though nothing is brewing.

    If the Rockies don’t rebound, many teams will be calling to see if they want to unload salaries. Helton has rebounded nicely this season.

    Helton is rebounding. But, he’s not the player he was circa 2000-2004. Also, he’s going to be 34-years old later this year.

    More importantly, Helton’s contract is a nightmare. The details, beyond this season: 2008 to 2010, $16.6 million each season. 2011, $19.1 million. And, in 2012, a $23 million team option or a $4.6 buyout.

    Therefore, after this season, Helton is still owed (at least) $73.5 million – covering the years where he’ll be ages 34 to 37 – which leaves no wonder why the Rockies want to get his contract off the books.

    The only way the Yankees should trade for Todd Helton would be if Colorado threw in (at least) $35 million to offset some of the expense on Helton’s money due. Otherwise, it makes no sense for New York to make this deal.

    There are so many other, and smarter, ways for the Yankees to use that $73.5 million over the next four years. I hope they realize that now.

    Comments on Just Say No To Todd Helton

    1. festus
      May 24th, 2007 | 6:04 pm

      I’m with you Steve. Helton is exactly who the Yankees do NOT need more of, expensive past-peak 1Bs. And a lefty to boot.

    2. May 24th, 2007 | 6:09 pm

      Ditto. If they’re going to trade for a bat, it’s got to be a righty, and it can’t be someone who’s that expensive and that old. That being said, I don’t want to see ANY young for old trades this year, unless it’s completely lopsided like the Abreu deal was last year.

    3. Gabe
      May 24th, 2007 | 7:42 pm

      i agree 100 percent, although fuentes might be a different story.

    4. Jordan Meisner
      May 24th, 2007 | 11:19 pm

      Todd Helton’s career home/away splits:

      .360/.466/.672 and .296/.395/.509

      Try to guess which is which. He’s the last thing we need right now.

    5. JJay
      May 25th, 2007 | 8:16 am

      I’m not disagreeing with everyone that we shouldn’t obtain Helton but although his home numbers are phenomenal his road numbers aren’t too shabby. Just not off-the-charts good.

    6. TurnTwo
      May 25th, 2007 | 9:55 am

      I’ve got to disagree. It’s inconsistent to what the Yankees are attempting to do. They can’t say they want to be fiscally responsible and lower the payroll, then spend $28 pro-rated to bring in a 4th starter.

      I agree with the sense that they should continue to build from within, but I also feel like they sent a message with Clemens signing that they are going for it, as we would expect them to. Why go half way and bring in an arm when its now the incosistency of the bats that has foiled the team’s attempt to get on a real run here?

      Helton doesnt have the power he once had, but he’s proving that he cant still slap the ball around with ease. He’s brings the gold gold defense that Mientkiewicz has, but can hit gap to gap with consistency. It would eliminate the need to run this faulty platoon any longer, and open roster spots to build depth on the bench with callups or further aquisitions.

      and along with bringing in a true productive 1B, we can prob unload Farnsworth, who noone wants to see on that mound anymore, make use of some of the new pitching depth in our system for our advantage. For the money we’ll absorb, we can probably ask they include Fuentes in the deal, which could make Myers expendable, and we wont have to give up a Hughes or Tabata type prospect… maybe some higher ceiling, but lower level guys like a Marquez/Horne/Chamberlain type prospect.

      and after this year, Helton slides right into the roster spot we were hoping Abreu would settle into, and Cashman can decline Abreu’s option, and swap out the salaries and be done with it. and if you are that worried about the salary absorbed this year, why not throw Abreu in the deal, then. For the utlimate salary relief the Rockies would receive, they’d prob accept the expiring contract of Abreu, with Farnsworth, and 2 arms from the system for Helton and Fuentes. Its not a total salary dump, because they are getting back a legitimate bat to finish out the season, along with the pitching prospects which they depserately need.

    7. May 25th, 2007 | 11:54 am

      well even though he hit in coors field and had great numbers, i could see him hitting well in yankee stadium….he does have power, and we DO have a short porch in left…at least this year and next.

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