With the Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline one day away, talks are heating up around the league. The center of Phillies trade talks has been 29-year-old right-hander Jeremy Hellickson. Acquired from the Diamondbacks on November 14, 2015 for minor leaguer Sam McWilliams, Hellickson has been a steady arm in the Phillies rotation for a majority of the season, especially as of late. That has gotten several teams interested, primarily the Marlins at first, but now, the Tigers, Giants and Rangers are among a number of teams that could deal for Hellickson.
According to Robert Murray of Today's Knuckleball, the San Francisco Giants had two scouts in attendance on Saturday night during Hellickson's start in Atlanta. In addition, scouts from the Yankees, Rangers and even the Cardinals and Pirates were on hand.
Among the teams with scouts at Jeremy Hellickson’s start tonight against the Atlanta Braves include the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Miami Marlins, Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals, league sources tell Today’s Knuckleball.
The Giants have two scouts at the game, I’m told.
The Giants rotation currently consists of Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija, Jake Peavy and Matt Cain. While those five have all had impressive careers, Samardzija is sporting a 4.30 ERA, Peavy is up at 5.47 and Cain sits at 5.97. So, despite the names, they are in need of an upgrade and Hellickson can provide that.
Meanwhile, it may seem surprising that the Marlins sent a scout to Atlanta, considering they acquired Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea from the Padres earlier in the week. They could be in the market for a starter again though, with Rea's recent start being cut short due to elbow soreness.
Hellickson pitchd 5.2 innings and gave up three runs while also driving in two runs with a double to help his cause in Saturday's win against the Braves. Overall, he's 8-7 with a 3.70 ERA and a 1.150 WHIP, which is his best since 2010 as a rookie with the Tampa Bay Rays.