Trade Value Up
There has been much written this year about the dearth of available starting pitching in the coming offseason. What has also been written is that this trading season will see a low quantity of much quality starting pitching available as well.
That will likely mean that reliable, youngish, veteran hurlers like Hellickson, who has been respectable this year, could be put out there as a cheaper option for teams in need of pitching.
While his ERA isn’t exactly glamorous (4.46), the righty is posting the best K/9 of his career (8.32), as well as his best BB/9 (2.36).
He wouldn’t be a pennant-race altering type of acquisition, but when the prices of some of the possible arms available are almost laughable, Hellickson, a pending free agent, would be someone who could interest teams with struggling rotations that need an extra dependable arm for down the stretch.
Teams like Baltimore, Boston and Houston, whose rotations are among the worst in the game, but who nonetheless are contenders, should definitely have interest in an arm like Hellickson, especially since he wouldn’t command anywhere near the price of someone like Sonny Gray out in Oakland.
Next: Trade Value Down on a Beloved Catcher