Phillies: Does Matt Klentak Have Any More Moves to Make?

Nov 8, 2016; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Philadelphia Phillies general manager Matt Klentak during the MLB general managers meeting at the Omni Scottsdale Resort. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 8, 2016; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Philadelphia Phillies general manager Matt Klentak during the MLB general managers meeting at the Omni Scottsdale Resort. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-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 was originally not expected to sign the Phillies qualifying offer, but the lack of interest due to the draft pick cost resulted in his return.

The majority of the Phillies 2017 rotation is set at this point of the offseason. Barring injury, Aaron Nola, Zach Eflin, Jared Eickhoff, and Vincent Velasquez are projected to join Hellickson on opening day.

Top pitching prospects Jake Thompson, Ben Lively, and Nick Pivetta could also compete for a job. Thompson showed promise, but needs to refine some things in the minors. Lively and Pivetta flashed potential in Lehigh Valley, but are expected to head a strong Iron Pigs squad.

On the free agent market, there are a handful of interesting options. On low-risk, high-reward deals, pitchers such as Tyson Ross, Kris Medlen, Nathan Eovaldi, or Tim Lincecum are available.

Veterans who could be signed to minor league contracts such as Jair Jurrjens, Ross Detweiler, or Ruby De La Rosa are also the kind of move Klentak would make.

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