Helton extends deal, defers money

Updated: March 11, 2010, 7:58 PM ET
Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. -- First baseman Todd Helton and the Colorado Rockies agreed Thursday to a $9.9 million, two-year contract extension through the 2013 season.

The first baseman is earning $16.6 million this year, and he agreed to defer $13 million of his $19.1 million salary in 2011 over a 10-year period beginning in 2014.

"It does take some pressure off me being labeled as the guy making that much money at 38 years old," Helton said. "You can try not to look at it that way, but it's ...

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