Calcaterra: Hellickson Is A Win-Win For The Phillies
The MLB Trade Deadline is days away and Jeremy Hellickson has become a hot topic as a potential trade piece for the Phillies. Teams such as the Marlins, Orioles and Rangers are looking to bolster their starting rotations. Hellickson is 7-7 this season with a 3.65 ERA in 125.2 innings pitched.
NBC Sports Lead Baseball Writer Craig Calcaterra joined Mike Gill on Thursday and explained why the Phillies can get away with asking for a major prospect in return in a trade:
"Hellickson is a win-win for them. They can demand the world for him because at the trade deadline starting pitchers who are even halfway decent can get a pretty good haul. If they don't get the world, the free agent market this year for starting pitching is so so thin. If they can give a qualifying offer to Hellickson they can almost be assured they will get a draft pick because Hellickson will be able to write a pretty decent deal for himself despite the fact that he is not a top of the rotation starter for most teams. They can setback and demand a blue chip prospect for him and not be seen as unreasonable."
Checkout what Calcaterra had to say about Phillies other options ahead of the trade deadline along with Craig's perspective on Aroldis Chapman trade, Chris Sale uniforms incident, and the New York Yankees