It's been no secret that Todd Helton has struggled this season.
A line of .246/.336/.310/.646 with only two home runs isn't what the Rockies were expecting out of their soon to be 37-year-old first baseman—especially one that is making $16.6 million, or near one-sixth of the entire Rockies payroll.
Now Helton is on the disabled list with a bad back. The bad back is nothing new; Helton had surgery after the 2008 season and in 2009 bounced back with a solid line of .325/.416/.489/.904.
That gave the organization and Rockies fans hope that Helton would be a solid contributor as he finishes out his contract, which just this spring he reworked to spread out payments for next year over four more years. This was a selfless move on Helton's part, as he didn't have to do that.
Now, however, there are question marks around Helton. Will he be able to come back? Will he be able to play every day? Will he be serviceable as a major leaguer if he does? Is this the end of Helton's career, if not now, then this season? And what is the future of the Rockies at first base?
What are their options at first base for 2010 without Todd Helton? Let's take a look at their options this year.