Todd Helton would still love to play for the Red Sox. According to a source familiar with the Rockies situation, the team would love to see the Red Sox rekindle talks for a deal that makes sense for both sides. Would Ramírez be a part of it, as he was when the deal was discussed in November? Probably not. But the Rockies love their young hitters, would like to make a move on Yankees righthander Carl Pavano, and need to dump some of Helton’s salary. "I think the Red Sox want to see Helton in spring training to make sure he’s all right from his [stomach problems] last year and to make sure his back is OK," said the source. "Helton in that lineup makes them unbelievable."
This From Nick Cafardo’s Sunday baseball column. Could it be that the Sox get better, the Rockies’ payroll gets lighter, and the Yankees get rid of a pitching joke, all in one (or two) fell swoop(s)?