Multiple Phillies Could Soon Hit the Trade Block
This season, Phillies pitcher Jeremy Hellickson has been one of the very few bright spots for the Phillies.
Through 10 starts, the right-hander is 5-2 with a 4.28 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP even though he has just 22 strikeouts.
Because of stats like those, Jon Heyman of Fanrag Sports Network included Hellickson on his list of players who could hit the trade block.
34. Jeremy Hellickson, Phillies SP. The Phillies probably would have to significantly pay his hefty $17.2-million salary, and they’d be willing to do so if they get the right prospects back. Somehow, he manages to stay in almost every game despite an oddly low strikeout total.
Hellickson is a middle-of-the-rotation guy on a good team, the kind of pitcher who could eat innings for a team in the middle of a pennant race.
When Hellickson is on the mount, the Phillies typically win. They are 8-2 when he is on the mound, 8-28 when he doesn't pitch.
As solid as Hellickson has been, his contract is up at the end of the season, so other teams could jump at the chance to grab him as a rental, which is many believe they Phillies may again have interest in moving him.
Hellickson signed a qualifying offer in the offseason, earning him $17.2 million for this season, if he rejected the offer and signed with another team, the Phillies would have received a first-round pick as compensation.
They gambled and lost.
If the Phillies end up keeping Hellickson, they may end up trading a few players, including Howie Kendrick or middle reliever Pat Neshek, both guys Heyman included on his list.
64. Howie Kendrick, Phillies INF-OF. Professional hitter could help a contender.
65. Pat Neshek, Phillies RP. Another sidearmer who could be out there (Joaquin Benoit and Jeanmar Gomez are two more from the Phils’ pen who could go).
Kendrick, who is currently on the DL with an oblique injury, is a good player who was off to a start before the injury, and with his contract running out at the end of the season, he is another guy a team could use as a rental.
When Kendrick was healthy, he was one of the Phillies’ few offensive bright spots. In 10 games, Kendrick was batting .333/.395/.487 in 43 plate appearances.
Kendrick is set to hit free agency after the season, so that could make him attractive, but don't expect much back in return for the 33-year old utility man.
Another free-agent to be, Pat Neshek, was acquired by the Phillies from the Astros in exchange for a player to be named later; the team exercised his $6.5 million option for 2017. He should be an attractive piece to a contending team with a 1.10 ERA and 0.86 WHIP and five holds in his 18 games
The other Phillie to make the list is relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit.
70. Joaquin Benoit, Phillies RP. He seemed upset with his role earlier.
The 39-year old Benoit has struggled this season, after signing a $7.5 million one-year free agent contract with the Phillies. He has a 5.79 ERA in 15 total appearances this season.