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Helms Could Fit Yankees' Utility Bill

The Yankees have apparently inquired about right-handed hitting veteran Wes Helms as they continue to seek to upgrade their bench prior to the Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline.

The Yankees are looking for some bench help, and a player that has caught their attention is Marlins veteran Wes Helms.

Helms initially signed with the Marlins in 2006 when Joe Girardi was managing in Florida.

Helms has long been a fan of Girardi, who guided the Yankees to the 2009 World Series title.

The fact that Helms can spot start at third base is attractive to New York. He also can come off the bench as a pinch-hitter or be an occasional designated hitter. Helms plays third and first base, and he is respected for his leadership. He has playoff experience from his days with the Braves and Phillies.

The Yankees need better protection for Alex Rodriguez in the event he is injured again, and Helms is on the list of players who could provide it.