If Delgado Is Done - Go After Helton....

ed feverCorrespondent IMay 15, 2009

DENVER - MAY 10:  Shortstop Hanley Ramirez #2 of the Florida Marlins gets back to firstbase safely as first baseman Todd Helton #17 of the Colorado Rockies takes a pick off throw during MLB action at Coors Field on May 10, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the Marlins 3-2.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

It now appears to be a matter of how long Carlos Delgado will be on the disable list, instead of whether he will go on the DL.

In fact, Jerry Manuel hinted that they may make an announcement as early as Saturday, instead of waiting until Sunday.
Although no official decision is expected until Saturday, the Mets are preparing for life without Carlos Delgado, who seems headed for an indefinite stay on the disabled list because of his aching hip. source Newsday
There is speculation that Delgado may need season ending surgery and the Mets will be looking for a first baseman or to move Murphy 1B and bring in a left fielder.
Matt Cerrone of Metsblog has a great post on the Delgado situation, including several of the names the Mets could look to trade for...
The one name that hasn't been mentioned, and would top my list is Todd Helton.
The 35 year old, left handed, first baseman is a perennial All Star, Silver Slugger, and has three gold gloves to his credit. His lifetime .329 BA is third best and .429 OBP is the best, amongst active players.
Helton was the club house leader and made some critical game winning hits, during the story book 2007 run, in which the Rockies appeared in their first World Series in club history ( including sweeping the Phillies).
Helton has a huge contract that many teams would be unable to afford and with Colorado being a small market team, rumors have swirled every off-season.
Ken Rosenthal (source MLBTR) thought, last August that he would be on the block, but after the worst season of his career, he was unmovable. As he battled injuries, for the first time in his career he played under 144 games ( 11 seasons), only appearing in 83 games and hit under .302 (.264)...
The Dodgers have already built a nine game lead and Colorado is six games under 500, in this economy, Colorado may look to move his contract.
He appears healthy as he's hitting .351 and played in 31 of the first 34 games.
According to Cots contract , Helton is owed 16.6MM for this year and next, 19MM for 2011 and in 2012 he has a club option for 23MM ( 4.6 buyout).