Multiple sources are reporting the two sides agreed in principle on a two-year, $5.5 milllion contract with an option for a third that would make Wes Helms the team’s starting third baseman.
Beerleaguer: With Helms on board, reportedly as the new starting corner man, something has to give in the lineup. Manager Charlie Manuel can't possibly trot out Helms, Pat Burrell, Aaron Rowand and the two-headed catcher most nights. I wouldn't even give him the opportunity.
That said, there’s probably just a little more urgency to move Burrell, or to a lesser extent, Rowand. The baseball world knows they are desperate to move Burrell, and this latest acquisition only appears to displace the maligned slugger even further. The gloves must come from somewhere, and the lineup also takes a hit in areas of speed and contact. As for Rowand, a high-strikeout, low contact, low on-base right-handed hitter, adding Helms makes him even more out of place in the lineup.
More than anything, if Helms is indeed cast as the starting 3B, the defense takes an obvious blow. With Burrell and Helms patrolling the left side, this will be a painful year for Jamie Moyer and the rest of the staff. There must be more cards up Gillick’s sleeve to rebalance the starting nine.
For more on Helms, be sure to check out the the post listed just below this one.