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Sunday, January 28, 2007
Helton was asked Saturday night whether he has provided the Rockies a deadline or - as major-league sources indicated - was prepared to veto any deal in the future if this trade was not consummated soon.
“That’s between me and the Rockies,” Helton said. “But they know how I feel.”
To the question of whether he would have interest in going to Boston, Helton answered: “Yes.”
While an initial framework has been established on the $90.1 million remaining on Helton’s contract - the Rockies would be responsible for a little more than $40 million as it stands - Helton’s understandable desire for a speedy conclusion is also an important factor.
Negotiations are expected to resume Monday or Tuesday when Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd returns after tending to a family matter out of town. The Red Sox’s posture Saturday was to slightly downplay the talks, stressing a lack of urgency because they like their current lineup.
However, a major-league source who has spoken directly with the Red Sox said Saturday night there is still a good chance the deal gets done if Boston can get Helton for less than $10 million annually over the next six seasons.
Rocky Mountain News: Helton to Red Sox is far from a done deal (Sunday update)
Posted: January 28, 2007 at 09:27 AM | 81 comment(s)
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