Seanez Here, Helms Gone

The Phillies today announced they had signed righthander Rudy Seanez to a one-year contract, and designated infielder Wes Helms for assignment.

The move is hardly a surprise. Helms found himself in a numbers crunch when the Phillies signed third baseman Pedro Feliz in January. He knew he had to go.

The Phillies have 10 days to rid themselves of Helms' contract, which is $2.15 million, plus a $750,000 buyout for a 2009 club option. The Phillies are responsible for that salary, even if Helms clears waivers and signs with another team, except the $390,000 major-league minimum. In other words, if Helms signs with the Giants, the Giants would pay the minimum and the Phillies would pay the rest.