Sunday, January 28, 2007

Helton to Boston?

ESPN's Buster Olney is reporting that the Rockies and Red Sox are in talks about a potential deal that could send 1B Todd Helton to Beantown. According to Olney:

"In the current proposal, the Red Sox would send (3B Mike) Lowell, (RP Julian) Tavarez and prospects to the Rockies. But the identity of the prospects could hold up the deal: The Rockies want relief pitchers Craig Hansen and Manny Delcarmen, while the Red Sox do not want to give up either at this time."

To me, that would be too steep a price to pay. If the Red Sox did pull the trigger on the deal, they would have quite a powerful lineup, with Helton joining Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz, and JD Drew. But if they had to give up even just one of the duo of Hansen and Delcarmen, that would leave their bullpen dubiously thin heading into the season. Unless the Red Sox know something about Joel Pineiro that the rest of us don't, the back end of their pen looks shaky.

As it stands now, the Sox look to have one of the best lineups and rotations in all of baseball, the Helton deal notwithstanding. But they should take a lesson from the 2006 Indians, a team that had great talent in both the lineup and their in their starting rotation. But their nonexistant bullpen killed their chances, and they ended up as one of the biggest underacheiver in baseball.

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