Ken Rosenthal / FOXSports.com
NAPLES, Fla. - The Phillies have reached agreement with free-agent infielder Wes Helms on a two-year deal worth approximately $5.5 million, FOXSports.com has learned.
The deal includes a club option for a third year that could raise the total value of the package to approximately $8.5 million, according to a source with knowledge of the deal.
Helms, 30, earned $800,000 last season as a part-time player with the Marlins. He signed with the Phillies after receiving assurances that he would get a chance to play every day at third base, the source said.
The Phillies had shown the most interest of any club in Helms, who produced 10 homers, 47 RBI and a .965 on-base/slugging percentage in 240 at-bats last season with the Marlins.
Only once, however, has Helms batted more than 274 times in a season — in 2003 with the Brewers.
General manager Pat Gillick recently flew to Alabama to meet with Helms in person. The Phillies' addition of Helms likely will return Abraham Nunez to a part-time role.
The Phillies had been pursuing free-agent infielder Mark DeRosa, who signed a three-year, $13 million contract with the Cubs on Tuesday.