Hellickson accepted the Phillies' qualifying offer Monday, meaning he will return to the team on a one-year, $17.2 million contract, Today's Knuckleball's Jon Heyman reports. The draft pick that would have been attached to him in free agency would have no doubt hurt his value, but this still comes as a bit of a surprise, as most thought he could receive a three or four year deal as one of the top starting pitchers in a weak free agent class. The belief is that Hellickson won't face this same dilemma next winter, as the qualifying offer system is expected to be nixed by next year and he is expected to be traded this summer, which would also make him ineligible for a qualifying offer. Hellickson is a No. 4 starter in real life terms. He can be expected to offer an ERA around 4.00 with a WHIP around 1.25 while striking out around 150 batters in 2017.
The Phillies have extended a qualifying offer to Hellickson, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports. Hellickson has seven days to accept or reject the qualifying offer of $17.2 million for the 2017 season. He is expected to reject it to look for a multi-year deal in a weak free agent market for starting pitchers. The Phillies will receive a compensation pick in the 2017 draft if Hellickson rejects the offer and signs with another club.
Hellickson became a free agent Thursday, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Hellickson is expected to get a $17.2 million qualifying offer from the Phillies by Monday's deadline. He is likely to decline that offer in order to pursue a long-term deal in a thin pitching market this offseason. He was 12-10 with a 3.71 ERA and a 154:45 K:BB in 189 innings this past season.
Hellickson left Thursday's game against the Braves in the fourth inning after spraining his right knee, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. Hellickson had given up one hit to go along with four strike outs before his exit. He knee immediately something wrong following his last pitch and called for a trainer. It was the veteran's final start of the season, so he is fortunate to have avoided a more serious knee injury.
Hellickson exited Thursday's matchup against the Braves in the fourth inning with an undisclosed injury, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. Hellickson left the game after pitching 3.1 innings. He had only given up one hit to go along with four strike outs at the time of his exit. It is unclear what type of injury he sustained, but he immediately knew something was wrong and called for a team trainer. This was his final start of the season.