33 year old Todd Helton was almost traded to the Red Sox but the Sox weren’t willing to give anything up so Helton will likely be the starter for the Rockies again this season. His numbers are on the decline as he hasn’t knocked in over 100 runs since 2003. But he hit .347 with runners in scoring position so the RBI drop wasn’t all his fault. His homers and batting average have both also fell for the third straight season last year and that is not anyone else’s problem. But, he still hit .302 with a .880 OPS, 94 runs scored, 15 homers and 81 RBIs. Look for Helton to knock in more runs this season because the top of the line up should be more productive in front of him in the order. He also is an outstanding defensive first baseman as he only made 4 errors all season.
26 year old righty swinging Jeff Baker will likely back up Helton and take over for him if he’s injured or traded. Baker had an excellent season in AAA last year as he hit .305 with a .877 OPS, 20 homers and 108 RBIs in 128 games. He then came up to the Rockies in September and he hit .368 with a 1.204 OPS with 5 homers and 21 RBIs in only 57 at bats for the Rockies. He’s the main reason the Rockies were/are willing to trade Todd Helton.