Yankees show interest in Helms
The Yankees are looking for some bench help, and a player that has caught their attention is Marlins veteran Wes Helms.
Helms initially signed with the Marlins in 2006 when Joe Girardi was managing in Florida.
Helms has long been a fan of Girardi, who guided the Yankees to the 2009 World Series title.
The fact that Helms can spot start at third base is attractive to New York. He also can come off the bench as a pinch-hitter or be an occasional designated hitter. Helms plays third and first base, and he is respected for his leadership. He has playoff experience from his days with the Braves and Phillies.
With the Marlins 10 1/2 games behind the Braves in the NL East, the organization is weighing trade offers for a number of their players.
A large number of scouts, including from the Yankees, are on hand for the Marlins’ weekend series with the Nationals at Sun Life Stadium.
If Helms ends up being traded, there is a chance the veteran may still return to the Marlins in 2011. He is a free agent after the year, and the organization is high on Helms, who has a comfort level being a veteran on a young team.
When his playing days are over, Helms has said he wants to pursue coaching. The Marlins would strongly consider hiring him as a coach in their system.
— Joe Frisaro