• Yanks Wanted Wes Helms For 1B

    Posted by on November 18th, 2006 · Comments (3)

    From the Philadelphia Daily News

    Maybe Philadelphia isn’t as gritty as New York. Maybe Citizens Bank Park doesn’t have the dank, congested charm of Yankee Stadium. Maybe the Delaware Valley isn’t as cosmopolitan as the Metro area.

    That suits Wes Helms just fine.

    Helms yesterday signed a 2-year deal worth $5.45 million with a club option for a third year. The soft-spoken Alabaman, who almost became a Phillie this time last year, said he took less money from the Phillies.

    “It came down between the Yankees and the Phillies,” Helms said, and then listed why he chose Philadelphia. “I definitely wanted to stay in the National League. I knew all the pitchers. I knew all the hitters. I know where to play them in the field. Everybody I know who has changed leagues, it’s an adjustment period.

    “It’s a more comfortable place for me to come to. I think it’s better for my family, also. I felt they’d be happier here than in New York.”

    Apparently, he thinks he’ll be happier, too, starting at least part of the time at third base – instead of getting consistent playing time at first base for baseball’s most marquee team as the replacement for the departed Craig Wilson/Gary Sheffield experiment.

    “The role was to play first base,” Helms said. “They were going to DH [Jason] Giambi. On the guaranteed side, they were a little higher [in salary]. But that’s just me. I’m going to go where I’m happy. I felt like this is where I needed to be.”

    So, now, we know whoever the Yankees get to play 1B in 2007 will be “Plan B” (at best).

    Comments on Yanks Wanted Wes Helms For 1B

    1. November 18th, 2006 | 10:59 pm

      I really don’t think Wes Helmes is someone we have to worry about “plan B” over. He isn’t that good. He had one season of 23 homers, ho hum, the rest were 10 or under. He had last year of of a .300+ batting average but he is a lifetime .268 hitter even with that average. He simply doesn’t fit any mold and is suspect for having talked up the Yankees outside the negotiations. Perhaps he is making himself look good for PhillY? Having looked at the available firstbasemen I’m actually happy with Andy Phillips and his repaired knee. He hit .240 on a gimpy knee for the second half and won’t cost us a thing to keep in the fold. I think if no one gets in his way Andy could do the job and not be the automatic out that he was after the allstar break. His glove is impeccable, IMHO.

    2. brockdc
      November 19th, 2006 | 12:50 am

      No Wes Helms and his career .778 OPS starting 140+ games at 1b this year?

      Somehow I’ll find a way to pick up the pieces and move on.

    3. Raf
      November 19th, 2006 | 10:41 am

      Yah, me too…

      Get a lefty to play 1b. It REALLY isn’t that big a deal to have a RH 1bman

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