Yet another third baseman is off the market, as the Phillies acted quickly today to sign Wes Helms to a two-year deal with a club option for the third. Ken Rosenthal scooped another one. Helms is guaranteed $5.5MM for 2007-08.
Helms will be 31 next season. He was a full-timer for the Brewers in ’03, hitting .261/.330/.450 in 476 ABs. He’s faced a disproportionate amount of lefties in his career, as he hits them significantly better.
Helms probably can’t hit as well as the average NL 3B (.826 OPS). Defensively, he’s got a strong arm but his footwork doesn’t impress.