Yankees interested in Wes Helms


Via MLBTR, the Yankees have shown some interest in utility player Wes Helms, who Joe Girardi is familiar with from his time in Florida. The 34-year-old Helms isn’t much of a hitter, posting a sub-.300 wOBA in three of the last four seasons, including this one (.297).  His .148 ISO is Helms’ best since his 2006 under Girardi, so maybe he knows the magic formula. He’s basically a poor man’s version of Ty Wigginton, capable of playing first and third in a pinch. For what it’s worth, he’s long been considered a tremendous clubhouse guy, not that the Yanks need it.

There’s about $429,000 left on Helms’ contract this year, and he’s not close to being a Type-B free agent, nevermind a Type-A. If nothing else, he should be easy to acquire and easily DFA’able if it comes to that. The Yanks may also be talking to the Fish about other players as well.

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  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Seeing as how we’d probably acquire him for nothing but cash, Chad Gaudin-style… sure, whatevs.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    Yeah no risk. Tough I’d like me some Wigginton tough.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      If only Ty Wigginton had signed with the Pirates, maybe a deal at reasonable price points could have been consummated.

  • mike c

    sounds like kind of a wasteful pickup, there has to be a better option than a 34 year old version of kevin russo

  • Captain Bawls

    Josh Johnson + Helms for IPK and Melky?

  • phughesisgod

    Meh. I could care less about Helms or anyone else for the bench until this bullpen is taken care of. Give me D.J. Carrasco and 1 of Kerry Wood, Leo Nunez or Joakim Soria. Then I’ll forget about the bullpen for a moment and think about the bench.

    • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

      Kerry Wood:

      1) Hasn’t been very good the last two years;
      2) Is shockingly on the DL.

      Joakim Soria would cost way too much.

  • pounder

    Pitching,get some pitching.