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Braves sign infielder Wes Helms to minor league contract

Aug 17, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

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The Marlins released veteran infielder Wes Helms on Saturday when they demoted Logan Morrison to Triple-A New Orleans. As expected, it didn’t take Helms long to find an opportunity elsewhere.

According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Braves signed the 35-year-old to a minor league contract on Wednesday night and have assigned him to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Helms could join the major league bench in Atlanta when rosters expand on the first of September.

A 13-year big league veteran, he registered a disappointing .191/.276/.236 slash line with zero home runs and six RBI in 124 plate appearances for the Marlins this season. He owns a .256/.318/.405 lifetime batting line.

  1. macjacmccoy - Aug 17, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    That’s it… that’s the move the gets them over the top. You 2011 World Series Champions Folks.

  2. chipperjavy10 - Aug 17, 2011 at 10:30 PM

    You stupid moron..he will add a right handed bat off the bench in september,something the braves need,if u followed the braves at all u would know they lack right handed bats..u idiot

    • Old Gator - Aug 18, 2011 at 3:35 PM

      Boy, talk about an excessive response to an inadequate stimulus (which, by the way, is the more or less official definition of cheap sentiment, not a term from lab biology). Listen, supreme nincompoop and blowhard in your own right, the problem is not which side he bats from, it’s how badly he performs against righties, lefties and prehensile tailers alike. He was hitting .193 when the Feesh – the Feesh! – blew him out the escape chute. That’s .193, as in Mendoza Line minus seven. And he had been used mostly against lefties in his twilight weeks.

      Now I don’t follow the Bravos closely enough to know how needful of veteran leadership they are, but if that’s what they think they’re paying for, they’re getting a bargain. Kindly Uncle Wes is not only a veteran, he has the abysmal stats to prove it!

      As far as the impact on the Feesh’s collective VLQ (that’s Veteran Leadership Quotient – it’s not sabremetric, exactly; more like butterknifemetric or some such thing), it’s minimal because of how the Feesh have stocked up on Mendoza-range veterans like Mike Cameron and DeWayne Wise. When you hear the kids relating to them as Kindly Uncle Mike and Signifyin’ Uncle DeWayne, you’ll know that the locker room is back to full strength.

  3. APBA Guy - Aug 18, 2011 at 12:52 AM

    Can’t wait to see OG’s take on the drop in the Marlin’s VLQ.

    • Old Gator - Aug 18, 2011 at 3:36 PM

      See above.

  4. professor59 - Aug 18, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    “As expected, it didn’t take Helms long to find an opportunity elsewhere.”

    “As expected?” Really?

  5. nlfan865 - Aug 19, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    they brought helms in to be their minor league corky miller…he will be in the braves organization for some time to come

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