Phillies: Low Cost Starting Pitching Options in Free Agency

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Apr 11, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Andrew Cashner (34) follows through on a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies on Opening Day at Citizens Bank Park. The Padres defeated the Phillies 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 11, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Andrew Cashner (34) follows through on a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies on Opening Day at Citizens Bank Park. The Padres defeated the Phillies 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jeremy Hellickson – The Phililes most reliable starter in 2016 (Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)
Jeremy Hellickson – The Phililes most reliable starter in 2016 (Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports) /

Jeremy Hellickson, Philadelphia Phillies

This one is kind of given. If Hellickson hadn’t told Phillies beat reporter Todd Zolecki that he “would love to be back next year,” I probably would not be writing this. But he did, so I am.

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The former Rookie of the Year did exactly what the Phillies wanted of him during his lone season with the club, throwing 189.0 innings of 3.71 ball. So why not bring him back for another year?

The first matter of business, though, will be the qualifying offer that Hellickson is almost sure to receive. Given that Rich Hill is the only FA pitcher to have a better season than Hellickson, the Phillies would be foolish not to extend a qualifying offer.

If he takes the offer, they get him back at $17.2 million (not great, but won’t hinder the low-payroll Phillies). Should he sign elsewhere, the Phillies get a compensatory draft pick, most likely to be in the first round! Either way, the team gets something they want.

Estimated Offer – Accepts Qualifying Offer (17.2 million) or 2 years/$30 million

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