A few weeks ahead of the August trade deadline, the Phillies made it clear that Jeremy Hellickson will be staying with the team for the rest of the season. After reports that an unknown team was looking to trade with the Phillies, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly confirmed that the two clubs were unable to agree on a deal, pulling Hellickson from trade waivers.
“The veteran right-hander was recently claimed on waivers. The Phillies were unable to work out a deal with the claiming team and Hellickson was pulled back, making him ineligible to be traded the remainder of the season,” Salisbury reported.
Hellickson drew interest from several teams before the August 1 trade deadline, but none of them appealed to the Phillies. Players traded after August 1, must go through a waiver. According to trading regulations, at this point of the season, teams like the Phillies, may have two options when a players is claimed-negotiate the trade or retain and pull back the player.
Jeremy Hellickson is in his best year, so far, going 10-8 with a 3.80 ERA (111 ERA+) in 26 starts and 154 innings this season. This overshadows his numbers from 2013-2015 where the player had 4.86 ERA (81 ERA+) in 383 2/3 innings.
Meanwhile, other top prospects for the starting pitcher waiver trade are James Shields of the White Sox and Ervin Santana of the Minnesota Twins. Though Minnesota may be a bit hesitant to part with Santana and Shields is not gaining much interest among other teams, at present.
With Hellickson being an impending free agent at the end of the season, the Phillies still have the option to re-sign the player. There is also the possibility (and the other option) that the club will make a qualifying offer that is reported to be worth around $17 million, so that the team can get a get a compensatory draft pick in case Hellickson decides to take his talents to another city.
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