By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Baltimore Orioles have acquired starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson. In exchange for the veteran, the Philadelphia Phillies are adding outfielder Hyun Soo Kim, left-handed pitcher Garrett Cleavinger and international signing bonus slots.
Hellickson was pulled from Friday night’s start against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park. Jake Thompson received the emergency start after Hellickson was a late scratch.
He was also linked to the Boston Red Sox before this trade. However, the Orioles swooped in and stole the pitcher from their AL East rivals.
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He’s 6-5 this season with a 4.73 ERA in 20 starts. Hellickson also struck out 65 and walked 30 in 112 1/2 innings.
In his career, he has a 67-63 record with a 3.98 ERA in 1,087 1/3 innings. He has appeared in 194 games with 187 starts.
Hellickson is making $17.2 million this season after accepting the Phillies’ qualifying offer. He’ll be a free agent at the end of the season.
“Jeremy Hellickson is a solid, dependable, veteran major league starter, who knows how to win in the American League,” Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said. “He should provide some quality innings for the Orioles.”
Soo Kim is 29 years old and signed through 2022. In 56 games, he has a .232 batting average with a home run and 10 RBIs.
Last season, he has a .302 batting average in 95 games with six home runs and 22 RBIs.
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Cleavinger is 23 years old and was a third-round pick by the Orioles during the 2015 MLB Draft. This season, with the Bowie Baysox, he is 2-4 with a 6.28 ERA in 38 2/3 innings.
He also has three saves in six save opportunities. He has 42 strikeouts and 23 walks in 27 games.
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