8:15 pm August 17, 2011, by Carroll Rogers
Four days after the Marlins released veteran infielder Wes Helms, his former team signed him to a minor league contract. The Braves assigned Helms to Triple-A Gwinnett. He’ll meet up with the G-Braves Saturday in Charlotte.
Helms, who plays primarily first and third base, gives the Braves insurance if there’s an injury and provides another veteran they could call on when rosters expand in September. Helms played 90 games at third base last year for the Marlins and could give the Braves another option at third base if Chipper Jones continues to have problems with nagging injuries.
Helms, 35, hit .191 with no home runs and six RBIs in 69 games with the Marlins this season, with whom he has spent five of the past six seasons.
The Braves drafted Helms in the 10th round in 1994. He spent parts of the 1998 and 2000 seasons in Atlanta before playing two full seasons with them in 2001 and 2002. The Braves traded him to Milwaukee in December 2002 in a deal for reliever Ray King.
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