PHILLIES MOVE QUICKLY TO TAKE STARTER HELLICKSON OFF WAIVERS

By Mary Cunningham

We found out yesterday how much the Phillies value starter Jeremy Hellickson.

Sources confirmed to MLB.com yesterday that Hellickson recently had been claimed on waivers. But the Phillies could not complete a trade with the claiming team, so they pulled him off waivers, making him ineligible to be traded the rest of the year.

So what’s next for Hellickson, who the Phillies also tried to trade before the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline? He is set to become a free agent after the season. The Phillies are expected to make him a qualifying offer, which allows them to receive a compensation pick in the 2017 draft, if he rejects the offer and signs elsewhere.

It is likely that he will reject the offer, but Hellickson might be tempted by the one-year offer worth an estimated $17 million.

Hellickson, 29, is 10-8 with a 3.80 ERA in 26 starts this season.

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