Like the Cincinnati Reds, the Philadelphia Phillies are going nowhere fast. The Phillies are just three games out of first at 16-13, but the team’s -27 run differential is a significant eye-sore.
Currently the team’s ace, Hellickson has a 4.88 ERA (4.93 FIP) in six starts. His numbers aren’t anything to write home about, but he has a track record of being a solid pitcher in the big leagues.
The 29-year-old won Rookie of the Year honors in 2011 with the Tampa Bay Rays, posting 13 wins and a 2.95 ERA in 189 innings pitched.
In the four years since that season, the starter has averaged an 8-10 record per season with a 4.30 ERA (4.39 FIP).
On an expiring contract and on a potentially bad team, Hellickson is exactly the kind of innings eating, back-of-the-rotation starter that the Tigers need. He’d essentially fill the role Detroit’s brass hoped Mike Pelfrey would fill.
In terms of a return, the Phillies could use help in the outfield, at both middle infield positions and in the pitching staff. A deal involving Hellickson for mid-level prospect and a lower level prospect could work. Philadelphia could also be intrigued by one of Detroit’s Triple-A outfielders like Tyler Collins or Wynton Bernard. Anthony Gose would also make sense when Cameron Maybin returns, though I’m not sure if Philadelphia would be interested.