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Braves Release Wes Helms

The Atlanta Braves released third baseman Wes Helms from the organization, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Helms might have received a call-up from Class Triple-A Gwinnett, if it weren't for a bothersome heel. The veteran told Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez he wouldn't be able to contribute to the team, but was gracious for the opportunity.

Before being released, the veteran was playing for the Braves Class Triple-A affiliate, but hit a poor .176/.275/.176 in 40 plate appearances for the Braves Class Triple-A affiliate.

The 35-year-old Helms could call it quits after hitting just .191/.276/.236 in 124 plate appearances for the Marlins this season. He is a free agent to be, but an aging veteran who is limited both offensively and defensively may find it extremely difficult to land a guaranteed contract for even the major-league minimum. If he opts to retire, Wes Helms has accumulated ~$13 million in his thirteen seasons.