Clutch-hitting Helms gets two-year extension with Marlins

Wes Helms has agreed to a two-year deal with the Florida Marlins.

Helms will get $1.9 million over the next two seasons. The Marlins held a $3.75 million option on Helms for 2009, with a $750,000 buyout, which he will receive in addition to the new contract.

Helms, 32, batted .243 with five homers and 31 RBIs during the 2008 season, but came up with some big hits for the Marlins -- including a pinch-hit homer on the last day of the season to beat the Mets.

The third baseman has played in 903 games in nine seasons in the big leagues, batting .262 with 68 homers and 296 RBIs.

Buster Olney is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.