Phillies Willing to Listen to Offers for Hurler Jeremy Hellickson
The struggling Philadelphia Phillies are willing to trade right-handed starter Jeremy Hellickson for the right offer. Hellickson currently leads the team in wins with four and ERA with 3.71.
According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Phillies have informed teams that they are willing to listen to offers for Hellickson, who has a 4-1 mark in eight starts this season.
The Phillies plan to use Hellickson to acquire more prospects before the trade deadline. Hellickson, for his part, will give contending teams a solid and consistent starter.
The Phillies are currently fourth in the National League East with a 14-22 mark, 10 games behind the Washington Nationals. They are six games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Milwaukee Brewers for the 2nd Wild Card berth in the NL.
While it may be too early to unload their talented players, the Phillies are currently in the middle of a rebuilding phase and have been trading veterans for prospects for several years now.
The Phillies should trade Hellickson now or lose him next season without getting anything in return. Hellickson is playing on a one-year deal worth $17.2 million and will become an unrestricted free agent in the summer, per Spotrac.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post believes that the Phillies may trade the 30-year-old Hellickson sooner than later because of the emerging crowded market for starting pitchers. This development may prompt other team to sell off their assets as soon as mid-June.
Hellickson is currently in his 8th season in the Major League. He played his first four years with the Tampa Bay Rays before signing with the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2015 season.
Last season, Hellickson went 14-10 with 3.71 ERA and 154 strikeouts. This season, Hellickson gave up 40 hits and 18 runs with 18 strikeouts. In 175 starts, Hellickson has a career record of 65-59 with a 3.89 ERA.
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