Jeremy Hellickson Trade Rumors: Latest News, Speculation on Phillies SP

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 6: Jeremy Hellickson #58 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park on July 6, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Braves 4-3. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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With the Philadelphia Phillies (59-70) falling out of postseason contention after a surprisingly strong start to the season, starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson was seen as a potential trade chip heading into the Aug. 1 trade deadline. However, Hellickson wasn't traded ahead of the deadline and is expected to remain with the team.

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Hellickson Won't Be Moved

Sunday, Aug. 28

Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, citing sources, reported on Sunday, "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."

Blue Jays Enter Market for Hellickson

Sunday, July 31

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reported the Toronto Blue Jays are "still in play" for Hellickson.

Giants Reportedly Out on Hellickson

Sunday, July 31

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, citing sources, reported the San Francisco Giants "are not in the mix" for Hellickson, adding that the team's interest "appears to have been overstated." Earlier in the day, Jon Morosi of MLB Network spoke to sources who said the Giants were among the top potential destinations for Hellickson.

Orioles in Pursuit of Hellickson Trade

Sunday, July 31

Morosi of MLB Network reported the Baltimore Orioles have moved to the front of the pack in pursuit of Hellickson, citing sources.

Phillies' Asking Price for Hellickson Revealed

Wednesday, July 27

Jayson Stark of ESPN reported that teams inquiring about Hellickson have been told the Phillies want a top-five prospect or they will retain the pitcher.

Marlins Among Teams Interested in Hellickson 

Monday, July 18

Hellickson is reportedly on the "radar" of the Miami Marlins as they target starting pitchers before the Aug. 1 MLB trade deadline, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com.

Hellickson Emerged as Target for Pitching-Hungry Teams

Hellickson appears to have several suitors. The Boston Red Sox, prior to trading for Drew Pomeranz, reportedly scouted the Phillies pitcher, per Morosi. And Salisbury noted, "Plenty of teams are looking for a back-end, veteran starter like Hellickson and he is very much available."

Even Hellickson acknowledged he was aware of the trade rumors, per Salisbury:

Yeah, it's on my mind, just when I see it on Twitter or talk to you guys about it. But other than that, I'm focused every day doing what I have to do to get ready for my next start. Like I've said all along, I love it here. I'd love to be here the rest of the year, but obviously I've been through it before and know that side of the game. But, yeah, my focus is on here and my next start right now. 

When or if [a trade] happens, I’ll deal with it then. But right now my focus is here.

Hellickson, 29, is 10-8 this season in 26 starts with a 3.80 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 131 strikeouts in 154 innings.


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