Denver Paper Debunks Helton to Angels Rumor

Baseball writer Tracy Ringolsby of the Denver Rocky Mountain News today published an article that debunked the rumor in yesterday’s Los Angeles Times reviving the Todd Helton trade.

Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd on Friday denied a story in the Los Angeles Times that quoted major league sources saying the Rockies have renewed talks with the Los Angeles Angels about a Todd Helton trade, a deal that was discussed briefly at the annual winter meetings.

"There is absolutely nothing there," O’Dowd said. "I haven’t talked to (general manager) Bill Stoneman or anyone with the Angels since the winter meetings. I have no idea who came up with that story."

In addition to $91.1 million in guaranteed money still remaining on the final five years of his contract, Helton has a complete no-trade clause, and he has shown no interest in playing for a West Coast team. Angels owner Arte Moreno ordered the Angels to back out of trade talks concerning Helton because he said he was concerned about Helton’s age (33), recent health issues and declining power.

That’s twice this month that Times writer Mike DiGiovanna claimed the Angels were planning to trade Casey Kotchman and others to the Rockies for Helton, and twice the Rockies front office has been quoted by Denver papers saying DiGiovanna was wrong.

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2 Comments

What’s the deal with Kotchman anyway? Is the guy ever gonna pan out?

Kotchman missed most of 2006 with mononucleosis. When he came up for good in August 2005, over those last two months he showed he was ready by posting an AVG/OBP/SLG of .302/.369/.526 (.895 OPS).

The mono was just a fluke no one could have anticipated. All reports have him healthy now, which is why he’s down in Puerto Rico getting back his batting eye.

There’s no reason to think he won’t be a force in 2007.

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