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04/05/08 10:45 PM ET

Phils trade Helms to Marlins

Veteran third baseman returning to 2006 employer

CINCINNATI -- Wes Helms returned to the Marlins late Saturday, when the Phillies dealt him for cash considerations or a player to be named later.

Designated for assignment on Wednesday to make room for Rudy Seanez, the Phillies had 10 days to dispose of Helms' contract. Though the potential financial terms weren't released, the Marlins will pick up more than the Major League minimum $390,000 they could have paid had they waited for Helms to be released.

Even if the amount is marginal, it offers the Phillies additional relief from the $2.15 million Helms will earn this season, plus a $750,000 buyout for 2009.

Helms hit .246 last season with five homers and 39 RBIs in the first year of his contract, and the Phillies upgraded the position with the signing of Pedro Feliz. They attempted to find a taker for Helms all spring.

The Marlins approached the Phillies about Helms after dealing Miguel Cabrera at the Winter Meetings, but Philadelphia didn't want to part with Helms without first securing an upgrade. Helms hit .329 with 10 homers in 240 at-bats for Florida in 2006.

Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.