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

 

8 Comments

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING AT WES HELMS FOR? WE HAVE WHAT
I THINK IS A GOOD REPLACEMENT AT SCRANTON IN CHAD TRACY. ALSO, WE NEED TO BRING UP SOME OF THE YOUNG
PITCHERS FROM SCRANTON AND GET RID OF CHAD G. AND
MOSLEY.

I wish someone would give Shelley Duncan a shot. Last year at this time it was the same talk of how xyz needs a bat/bench help, etc. The Yanks have been really deep at corner outfield and first, but he is at least as good as some of the dinasours hanging around the game. And cheap. I don’t understand how he stays below the radar of a team like the Giants.

You mean the Shelley Duncan that was let go last year and signed with the Indians in the offseason? That Shelley Duncan of the abysmal BA and who defined great 3A hitter but can’t hack it in the big show? Even if the Indians were to give him up, which they might, I don’t think the Yanks want him back.

Forget the plans of yesterday. We need a starting pitcher. Andy Pettitte is hurt indefinetly. Groins take a long time to heal. Now the Lee trade doesn’t seem so greedy. We need a stong #2 or#3 type starter ASAP.

I dont know why anyone would want Wes Helms. He sucked five years ago and is just getting worse.

They need to get GODZILLA

You have got to be kidding me ? Why not bring Randy Winn back ? That would be equally as stupid. George S. must be grimacing looking at this type of “answer” to the Yanks bench problems.

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