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A Couple of Additions to the Marlins

The team has signed two additional veterans to the squad.

The Marlins continued to add to their collection of veteran cast-offs Friday, announcing they signed infielder Wes Helms to a one-year $800,000 contract...


Last week, in a deal the team has yet to announce, it signed reliever Kerry Ligtenberg to a split major/minor-league deal that includes an invitation to spring training and a $600,000 salary if he makes the team.

Helms, 29, who signed two days before Christmas, became a free agent this fall after hitting a career-best .298 in 98 games as a utility infielder for the Milwaukee Brewers. He's a .257 hitter in six big-league seasons with Milwaukee and the Atlanta Braves.


Ligtenberg, 34, who pitched in seven games with Arizona last season, is 17-20 in eight seasons as a reliever, mainly with the Braves. He pitched 9 2/3 innings, posting a 13.24 ERA, for Arizona last May before being designated for assignment. He finished the season in Triple A, where he went 4-3 with a 3.24 ERA in 38 games.

Rotoworld has their take on the Helms signing.

Another decent pickup for Florida. Helms figures to be Mike Jacobs' platoonmate at first base. He can also back up Miguel Cabrera at third base and some spot duty in the outfield corners is a possibility. Helms had an 881 OPS in 83 AB against lefties last season and is at 824 for his career. He was miscast as a regular by the Brewers, but he has some value.

I can't decide whether the Marlins are signing cheap veteran players or cheap player-coaches to help the prospects develop.