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Helms: Gone

Update: Helms is going back to the Marlins for cash or a PTBNL, per Zolecki

The Phillies designated infielder Wes Helms for assignment today to clear room for newly acquired reliever Rudy Seanez. The team has ten days to waive or trade Helms; it's nearly certain that they'll owe him $2.9 million for his 2008 salary plus a $750,000 buyout for 2009.

The Phils evidently wanted to trade Helms for Seanez, given that the Dodgers have a hole at third base, but Los Angeles wouldn't bite. It's possible that he'll wind up signing with Joe Torre's team next week, but a more likely bet might be that Helms returns to one of his former employers in the NL East in Atlanta or Florida. If that's the case, here's hoping he hits as badly against the Phillies as he did for them.