MLB: Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay RaysThe Rays have announced that Jeremy Hellickson has been traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a pair of minor league prospects.

Coming back to the Rays’ organization are infielder Andrew Velazquez and outfielder Justin Williams. Both will likely start the 2015 season in single-A.

Velazquez is a 20-year-old switch-hitter who led the Midwest League with 50 stolen bases this season. He was a 7th round draft pick in the 2012 draft.

Williams is 19 and hit .351 with a .403 OBP in two stops in 2014. He was a 2nd round pick in the 2013 draft.

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  1. Mord says:

    Wow! On the surface, it sure seems like a very nice deal ... for Arizona.

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  2. Woodrow744 says:

    Not enough Tums in the house for me when he pitches. Always reminded me of Scott Kazmir - a guy obsessed with throwing the ball 1/4" off the plate and thus wound up with a ton of 3-1 counts. I wish him well and maybe he'll have a rebound (like Scotty K) with his new team.

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  3. Pat says:

    I disagree with Mord. Hellickson had become quite mediocre and lacked ability to go deep into games. I wonder if he really could even make the starting rotation in '15. He may get a fresh start in Arizona and the Rays continue to backfill their farm system with solid hopefuls.

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  4. Dave L says:

    Hellickson's arb number wasn't going to be that big. There was plenty of time to trade him later. Maybe the new GM 'knows' that this year we won't have any injuries to the SP candidates...... maybe he's that smart.

    Shame if he's wrong. The last couple of years we have gone fishing for a Fausto or Bedard to start the season. I would take Helli over that scenario again. I like Colome but he has two pitches and he's a big ?

    What was the rush? This trade could have been made in March or April when we had a better idea of who we could count on Opening Day.

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    • OriginalTom says:

      One reason not to wait until spring training is they need to clear space on the 40 man roster for O'Connor, Mahtook, and Brett.

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      • Dave L says:

        In November?

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      • Dave L says:

        Ok OTom I finally tracked down the RCG post you obliquely referenced. But that article says the three you mentioned would be protected but the Helli move was to protect one of two more young lefties.

        A rule 5 has to make a teams opening day roster, we dont have alot of low level bats in danger of that. If Molina makes the opening day roster the fanbase will look like a Jonestown kool aid party. That would be a more of a simple painless move as he has zero trade value.

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  5. Mord says:

    I will be very happy to be proven wrong, but weighing a former R.O.Y., who appeared to be making reasonable progress in regaining his form, against two single-A prospects seems ... Well, it seems at least slightly unequal in upside-potential.

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  6. Alex says:

    Hellickson wasn't regaining his form at all. This was a smartly timed salary dump that we got two potentially good players out of. People always complain that we never get hitters.

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  7. Dave L says:

    Woke up early on a Sunday morning. Realized the Japan game was live now so i flipped om MLB just in time to see Longo go opposite field yard.

    Zobrist up next

    Wish I was there would love to see a Japanese baseball game

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  8. STARMAND says:

    Hellickson waited until he avoided arbitration to the tune of $3.65 mil to declare that he had to undergo surgery. That did not sit well with anybody both FO and players.

    I'm very pleased to see him go.

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  9. OriginalTom says:

    In the Title Game of the AFL on Saturday, Justin O'Connor hit 2 home runs and made a fabulous throw to catch a base runner.

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  10. Mr. Smith 1980 says:

    The young short-stop is projecting to be a really good player despite being 5'8"... this trade is good for the goose and the gander.

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  11. Rob says:

    The way I look at it is if we had to face him in a game 7, would I be worried? Nope? Then off he goes.

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