Phillies acquire pitcher Jeremy Hellickson

The Philadelphia Phillies will not be going after free agent pitcher Jordan Zimmermann after all. They filled their rotation with a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks for a former Rookie of the Year pitcher.

The Phillies have acquired pitcher Jeremy Hellickson in the trade. The D’Backs will recover minor league pitcher Sam McWilliams in a one-for-one swap.

This trade comes nearly a year to the day that Hellickson was on the move the first time in his career. He was traded from the Tampa Bay Rays to the Diamondbacks at the time.

The Phillies know that he has struggled as of late after being named the Rookie of the Year in 2011. This past season in Arizona, he went 9-12 with a 4.62 ERA over 27 starts in 146 innings. He also had a 121 strikeouts, as well.

That was his lone season in the National League after previously spending his entire career in the American League. He was 40-36 with two complete games and a shutout and a 3.78 ERA in 640 innings.

The problem with Hellickson is that he hasn’t went past 189 innings, besides once, in his six-year career. He was bothered by a hamstring injury that caused him to miss several starts.

During his rookie season, he pitched in a 189 innings. But his innings have consistently dropped since that time. He followed up his rookie campaign with 177 innings then a 174 in the following two seasons.

In 2014, his final season with the Rays, he pitched just 63 2/3 innings after pitching in just 13 games.

New General Manager Matt Klentak, along with President Andy MacPhail believe that this trade was worth the gamble. It may turn out to be a one-and-done type of deal.

He has a reasonable contract, as he’ll only make $6.5 million in the final year of being arbitration eligible.

McWilliams, a young 20-year-old prospect, was an eighth-round pick in the 2014 draft. As a pitcher in the Phillies’ Gulf Coast League affiliate, he went 0-2 with a 3.27 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 33 innings.

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