kab21 wrote:This is a comparable contract except more money. How did that work out?9 years/$141.5M (2003-11), plus 2012 club option
signed extension with xxxxxxx 3/01
03:$10.6M, 04:$11.6M, 05:$12.6M, 06-10:$16.6M/year, 11:$19.1M, 12:$23M club option ($4.6M buyout)
Helton had chronic back problems as well that severely limited his power later on. Not sure when this became known definitively but it wasn't so much age related as it was injury related. That said I would never want my team to lock up a player at that money when they are sure to experience a dropoff starting around 33 years old.