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Wes Helms | Third Baseman

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (42) / 5/12/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 228
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Drafted: 1994 / Rd. 10 (0) / ATL

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Braves released INF Wes Helms.
Helms was ruled out for the rest of the season Thursday morning due to a bone spur in his foot. He inked a minor league contract with the Braves back in mid-August. Thu, Sep 1, 2011 04:05:00 PM

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Wes Helms won't play again this season due to a bone spur in his foot.

Helms signed a minor league contract with the Braves last month after being released by the Marlins. He was expected to join the big club when rosters expanded Thursday, but the veteran infielder has decided to shut it down, instead.
Thu, Sep 1, 2011 09:11:00 AM

Braves signed INF Wes Helms to a minor league contract.

Helms was released by the Marlins last week after batting just .191/.276/.236 over 69 games. The 35-year-old was a 10th-round draft pick of the Braves back in 1994 and spent parts of four seasons with Atlanta. He'll be assigned to Triple-A Gwinnett before being recalled when rosters expand.
Wed, Aug 17, 2011 07:37:00 PM

Marlins released INF Wes Helms.

Helms, 35, batted just .191/.276/.236 with zero homers and five doubles in 69 games for the Marlins this year. He'll presumably try to land a minor league deal elsewhere.
Sat, Aug 13, 2011 10:04:00 PM

Wes Helms (shoulder) is scheduled to return to action Monday.

Helms has been sidelined for a few days with a sore right shoulder, but it's nothing to worry about. He's once again slated to back up at third and first and be the Marlins' top pinch-hitter this season.
Sun, Mar 13, 2011 10:20:00 AM

Wes Helms was scratched from Friday's Grapefruit League game because of a shoulder issue.

Ruben Gotay will start at the hot corner in his place against the Mets. Helms is serving as a mentor this spring to likely starting third baseman Matt Dominguez.
Fri, Mar 11, 2011 01:38:00 PM

Marlins signed 3B Wes Helms to a one-year, $1 million contract extension.

Helms has done a solid enough job at third base since the Marlins traded Jorge Cantu to the Rangers in July. The 34-year-old will make for a fine backup infielder in 2011, assuming the Fish make a few upgrades, and got a nice little raise from the $950,000 that he's earning this year.
Wed, Aug 18, 2010 10:23:00 PM

Wes Helms drove in three runs against the Braves on Sunday, including the game's winning run off reliever Jesse Chavez in the bottom of the 11th.

Helms hit a big two-run triple in the fourth inning and later came around to score to give the Marlins a 4-1 lead. The Braves would later come back to tie it, but the Marlins quickly loaded the bases against Chavez in the 11th and Helms played the hero with a single to win it. The win evens the Marlins' record at 49-49.
Sun, Jul 25, 2010 04:52:00 PM

Joe Frisaro of reports that the Yankees have shown interest in Marlins infielder Wes Helms.

Helms and Yankees manager Joe Girardi know each other well from Girardi's days as skipper in south Florida. The 34-year-old corner infielder has hit just .243/.298/.391 this season with nine extra-base hits and 34 strikeouts in 115 at-bats, but he could help Alex Rodriguez get some extra days off down the stretch. Welms will be a free agent after the 2010 season, so the Fish should be plenty motivated to move him.
Sat, Jul 17, 2010 05:06:00 PM

Wes Helms hit a walk-off solo homer in an 8-7 win over the Braves on Wednesday night.

A wild game, the Braves tied it with a solo home run by Yunel Escobar in the top of the ninth inning, but Helms left little doubt with one-out blast off Mike Gonzalez that landed well above the scoreboard in left field to end it. It was just Helms' third home run in 179 at-bats this season. The win keeps the Marlins five games back in the Wild Card race.
Wed, Sep 2, 2009 11:25:00 PM

Wes Helms (viral infection) was used as a pinch hitter Tuesday night.

Helms failed to reach base. The illness reportedly sapped much of his strength. He may need a few days in the batting cage before he begins contributing offensively.
Wed, Jun 3, 2009 03:53:00 AM

Wes Helms is sidelined with a viral infection.

The ailment has sapped all of his strength. Helms believes he'll be able to pinch hit as early as Tuesday.
Mon, Jun 1, 2009 06:45:00 PM

Wes Helms went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBI as the Marlins defeated the Phillies 5-3 on Monday night.

Helms entered the game with a 526 OPS, but still got the start in the No. 5 spot against the left-hander Jamie Moyer and made it count by driving in four of Florida's five runs. The homer, a three-run shot in the fourth, was Helms' first of the year.
Mon, May 25, 2009 10:37:00 PM

Marlins agreed to terms with infielder Wes Helms on a two-year, $1.8 million contract through 2010.

Helms gets another multiyear deal despite hitting .243/.299/.347 this season. Formerly a power hitter, he's contributed just 10 home runs to go along with his 127/36 K/BB ratio in 531 at-bats over the last two years. He's also a weak defensive infielder and a liability on the basepaths. He was a very effective pinch-hitter this season (13-for-41, two homers), but he went 4-for-32 in the same role in 2007. There just wasn't any good reason to give him a two-year deal. It's a foolish first move of the offseason for a team that keeps talking about improving defensively.
Fri, Oct 3, 2008 08:51:00 PM

According to the Miami Herald, the Marlins and Wes Helms have come to terms on a two-year contract.

A two-year deal? Because dozens of teams were going to pursue a bad defensive third baseman who hit .246/.297/.368 and .243/.299/.347 the last two years? The Marlins can and will talk up Helms' leadership, but he's a very borderline major leaguer at this point. It's absurd that teams are still giving players like this multiyear deals.
Fri, Oct 3, 2008 05:04:00 PM

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