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Helton becomes one of top-paid players

Tuesday, April 3, 2001

TUCSON, Ariz. - After flirting with .400 last season, Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton is in exclusive company again: the top-paid players in baseball.

Helton has agreed to a new contract worth $151 million over 11 years, the fourth-largest deal in sports history.

Helton, 27, was a first-round amateur draft pick in 1995 and finished second in the NL Rookie of the Year voting in 1998.

He hit .320 with 35 homers and 113 RBIs in 1999, and was voted The Associated Press Major League Player of the Year last season after hitting .372 with 42 home runs and 147 RBIs.

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