Mar 12, 2010 3:02 AM

Helton signs two-year contract extension

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The Colorado Rockies and Todd Helton have agreed to a two-year, $9.9 million contract extension that runs through the 2013 season.

As part of the deal announced on Thursday by the Rockies, the first baseman also agreed to defer $13.1 million of his $19 million salary in 2011 over a 10-year period beginning in 2014.

Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd said the team talked with Helton over the winter and that the team believes "he can be a very productive player for the next years."

Helton was slowed by back problems in 2008 and underwent back surgery in September 2009. He returned last year to hit .325 in 151 games with 38 doubles, 15 home runs, 86 RBIs and a .416 on-base percentage.

O'Dowd said the 36-year-old Helton wants "to retire as a Rockie."

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