Helton trade talks unlikely to be revived
Rockies CEO Monfort says slugger wants to stay in Colorado
DENVER -- Recent speculation has suggested that the Todd Helton-to-the-Red Sox talks could reopen before the season starts, but Rockies CEO Charlie Monfort rated the chances of that about the same as the chance a triceratops -- like Dinger, the Rockies' playful mascot -- will perform on Opening Day.
"That thing has gone the way of the dinosaur," Monfort said. "It is extinct."
The proposed deal dominated the Denver and Boston baseball scenes for a weekend during the winter when it became public that the teams were talking and Helton was willing to waive his no-trade clause. But negotiations broke off on Jan. 29, and the Rockies released a statement that there would be no further talks.
But during Spring Training, scouts and baseball officials have speculated from baseball scouts has been that the deal will be revisited, based on the Rockies' perceived need for payroll relief and the feeling that the Red Sox had some contracts to move.
However, Monfort said Thursday that nothing has changed, nor will it.
Monfort also said there are no hard feelings from Helton, a five-time All-Star who has been with the organization since being selected in the first round in the 1995 First-Year Player Draft, and has been a mainstay with the Rockies since 1997.
"We've only chatted briefly when we first got together [during Spring Training], and I said, 'We have to look at not only the issue, [but] the future of the team,' and it seemed something Todd might have an interest in," Monfort said. "But, quite frankly, he wants to win here, we want him here, because we know he can help us win."
Helton has refused to discuss the Red Sox situation throughout camp.
The Rockies owe Helton $90.1 million through the 2011 season. Just before camp, news of talks went public. However, talks that centered on how much of Helton's contract the Rockies would pay, which Major League players the Rockies would receive and whether the Rockies would receive prospects didn't produce an agreement.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.