Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Wes Helms may be coming aboard

A new day, and a new 3rd baseman rumor for the Dodgers.

This one could happen soon, as Wes Helms may be on his way out of Philadelphia. Helms signed with the Phillies last season, but pretty much did a big pile of nothing: 112 games, .246 AVG, .297 OBP, 5 HR, 39 RBI. That was after hitting .329 in 140 games with the Florida Marlins the year before. With Brad Lidge due to come off the DL this Saturday, a roster move will need to be made.

If the trade does happen, it will most likely be for a player to be named later. Or, they could flat out release him, making the signing that much easier. It would basically be like swapping him for Rudy Seanez, who just signed with the Phillies.

Blake DeWitt has been filling in, but even he knows that will not last too long. He looks like he knows what he's doing out there, but with Nomar Garciaparra and Andy LaRoche due back, he's the odd man out.

Would I get Helms? Probably not. He's a career .265 hitter, and is coming off a really down year. An argument could be made that a change of scenery would help, but when Nomar and LaRoche come back, it's not like he'll see a lot of at-bats anyway. If they do insist on signing him, I would hope that they don't have to give up anybody, and would instead sign him to a cheap free agent deal.

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