The Phillies didn't get any baseball players for Wes Helms, but by the end of his tenure here in Philly, that was the least of the team's concerns. More importantly, they wanted to find someone who would take on a portion of the $2.9 million still owed to him over the next two years. The Marlins apparently did that, and the two teams agreed to a trade that will bring Helms back to the team he played for in 2006.

That, of course, was the year Helms hit over .300 and hit 10 home runs in just 240 at-bats, convincing the Phillies to sign him to a free agent contract the following offseason. Everyone knows the rest of the story.

The Phils announced the move late last night, so it isn't clear how much of Helms' contract the Marlins have agreed to pay.

The Marlins were one of several teams intersted in the infielder: the Giants, Dodgers and Braves all at one time gave some thought o acquiring Helms.