September 29, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton (17) acknowledges the crowd following his final at bat of the game in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Rockies looked at Abreu to replace local legend Todd Helton

According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Colorado Rockies submitted ‘multiple bids’ on Cuban slugger Jose Dariel Abreu, but the amount of the actual bid is unknown at this time.

“It appears the Rockies are taking seriously the glaring need to add a slugger to their lineup. Abreu would have made sense here on many levels. Called the “Cuban Barry Bonds,” Abreu profiled as Todd Helton’s long-term replacement at first base, a player capable of hitting 40 home runs in a season.”

Various reports indicated that the Astros offered somewhere around $50 million, with both Texas and Boston coming in near $40 million. The White Sox, then, blew everyone out of the water with their $68 million deal that won the bidding.

Renck goes on to suggest that the team could pursue fellow Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes this winter via trade or even look at Justin Morneau, who could prove to be a valuable weapon at the spacious Coors Field.

The good news for Rockies fans? The front office clearly isn’t sitting pat after a disappointing season under first-year skipper Walt Weiss. Moves will be made as the Todd Helton era draws to a close in the Mile High City.

 

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