Well it looks like the Todd Helton era was over before it started in Boston. I don't blame anyone for this deal not getting done, and like I wrote yesterday, this isn't a deal the Sox needed to have happen. If anything the Rockies were the ones that would have benefited most from this because of the salary they would have alleviated. (Helton's contract is 30% of the Rockies total payroll).
The Rockies and Red Sox, no matter what you're reading in the papers, must have bad blood now. We all know about the botched Larry Bigbie deal a couple of years ago, and how the Rockies and owner Charles Monfort handled this latest event didn't do too much to smooth the road over.
We all know the easiest way to get things effectively done (trades, etc.) is to have it done behind closed doors. Once the media and fans get a hold of something the only positive someone can get out of it is jockeying for position, which was never needed here. Why Monfort felt the need to leak Lowell and Tavarez's names is beyond me and seems like some very bad business on his part. The Sox now have to do a little massaging where it wasn't really necessary (with Mike and Julian), they were trying to make a business deal, and if the Godfather taught us anything, it's that business is never personal.
The statement Monfort released last night was almost laughable, and you know his "franchise" player can't be too happy. He wanted to go to Boston. He wanted to play on a winning team, but now it looks like he may be stuck between the Rockies and hard place for a few more years. By the time Helton actually plays for a winning team it'll be at the twilight of his career, when he'll be a fraction of the player he could be now.
"This is Todd Helton we're talking about," Rockies owner Charlie Monfort told the Associated Press today. "We're not just going to give him up for nothing".
Seriously, Helton's good, but we're not talking about an elite MLB player here. It'll be interesting to see if we ever hear the Sox side on this one, because I'd sure love to hear it.