According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Philadelphia Phillies were close to trading pitcher, Jeremy Hellickson for Josh Naylor of the Miami Marlins, if another trade failed to fall through.
In recent seasons, the Phillies have made it a habit of acquiring veteran players with short-term contracts, in hopes of trading those same players at the trade deadline to a potential contender, in exchange for a prospect of two.
In addition, many have speculated that the Phillies will continue with a similar plan, especially regarding the recent acquisition of pitcher, Clay Buchholz.
Furthermore, when the Phillies traded for Hellickson from the Arizona Diamondbacks, following the 2015 season, they used the same plan.
However, the Phillies’ plan ultimately failed, thanks to the San Diego Padres.
For those of you who might not have known, the Marlins and Padres completed a multi-player deal that sent Colin Rea to Miami.
Padres general manager, A.J. Preller did not announce that Rea was injured, which is required whenever two teams engage in a trade.
As a result of his actions, the league suspended Preller for 30 days without pay.
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, sources told him that the Marlins “wanted to undo their entire seven-player trade with the Padres after Rea suffered a major elbow injury in his first start after arriving from San Diego.”
However, the two sides decided to work out a deal instead. A deal which saw Miami send Rea back to San Diego, who then returned prospect, Luis Castillo.
In addition to Miami sending Castillo to San Diego, they also traded Jarred Cosart, Carter Capps, and Josh Naylor, in exchange for Rea, Andrew Cashner, and Tayron Guerrero in the original deal.
Rosenthal reports that Miami’s “Plan B” if the deal failed to fall through “was to trade Naylor to the Phillies for right-hander Jeremy Hellickson and market Castillo for a controllable starter before the Aug. 1 non-waiver deadline.”
According to Rosenthal’s sources, the Phillies had agreed to the one-for-one trade, but lost out in the end, when the Marlins decided to keep the trade with the Padres somewhat intact.
For the rest of the 2016 season, the Phillies kept Hellickson and retained him when he accepted their qualifying offer.
Additionally, with the new collective bargaining agreement stating that no player can receive a second qualifying offer, Rosenthal said the Phillies “face little choice but to trade him before this year’s non-waiver deadline” if they want to get any return for him.
This report also goes along with many of the speculations regarding the Phillies plans to possibly trade both Hellickson and Buccholz sometime this season, before the trade deadline.
Also, MLB.com placed Naylor’s overall value in 2016 at a 55, which was the same as Mickey Moniak, Nick Williams, and Jorge Alfaro.
So what do you think? Do you wish this trade worked out? Do you believe the Phillies will deal Hellickson to other team in 2017? Let me know your thoughts and ideas in the comments!
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