I have speculated on here that if the Rays do trade a starting pitcher, Jeremy Hellickson is the one most likely to be moved. Hellickson is the one pitcher that has a good mix of peaking talent and a pricetag that might not scare away other teams.
Well, Rays’ consigliere Ken Rosenthal offers another reason why the Rays may prefer to trade Hellickson: Scott Boras.
Why would the Rays trade him, as opposed to a more expensive pitcher such as Shields? Well, Hellickson is the only Rays starter represented by Scott Boras, which means he is unlikely to sign a club-friendly extension anytime soon.
Keep in mind that Rosenthal is one of the few national media writers with connections within the Rays organization. While most in the media are focusing on James Shields and David Price, it’s possible that the Rays gently suggested that Hellickson was available in order to drum-up interest in their young right-hander.
On top of that, the column by Rosenthal reads like Hellickson’s resume, or something Boras would present to teams if Hellboy were a free agent.
Will other teams bite? We’ll see. But don’t be surprised if we start hearing rumors of teams targeting Hellickson.