Jeremy HellicksonThe Rays are “moving closer” to trading Jeremy Hellickson and a deal could happen this week according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

This should not come as a surprise. His limited ceiling compared to other Rays starting pitchers combined with his growing salary and age makes Hellickson an ideal trade candidate.

Hellickson will be 28 next season and is projected to make $3.9 million through arbitration next season. Hellickson has two years remaining before he is eligible for free agency.

Hellickson is also represented by Scott Boras, so even if the Rays wanted to give Hellickson an extension (unlikely) there is little chance they’d actually be able to do it.



  1. tad says:

    Does he need a ride, I'll be more than happy to help him out.

  2. Mr. Smith 1980 says:

    How about an offensive catcher in return? Is that asking too much?

    • AJNO says:

      we have an offensive catcher. his name is jose molina. now we need a catcher who can hit the ball... lol

    • Jim says:

      I thought that's we signed a offensive catcher to an extension?!?!?!
      "patient hitter that is tough to strike out"
      "his proficiency in putting the ball in play and his plate discipline"
      "talent to be an impact player"

      oops, never mind he made of g___s!!!! He was bill as the answer to our catching woes, but hey he did raise his avg from .198 to .218. What a BUST!!!!

      • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

        Thanks for editing 'glass'; way to be team player πŸ™‚

        • Jim says:

          you ask me not to bring it up again, so i didn't!!!!

          But honestly, wasn't Hanigan brought into this organization to be our every day catcher? His offensive contribution was supposed to be significant. along with a great arm. he failed horribly at both of those, and couldn't stay off of the DL.

          AF missed badly on Hanigan and now we are stuck with him for a few more years. There's no way we will have a $3.5-3.7 million dollar backup at catcher, and there's nobody going to take him off of our hands. We are stuck with him for at least 2 more years.

          • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

            I get it.
            But... he was one of many players who were supposed to make great contributions on the offensive side of the ball and failed to do so; Longo, Myers, et al.

            If he is the Rays' most-days catcher next year (which is most likely) and he spends more than 30 days on the DL I'll agree with you that he isn't durable enough, but my contention is that his offensive numbers suffered due to his injuries and both will straighten out next season.

            I know I just asked for an offensive catcher in return for Helli, but I don't see it as an overly viable option for various reasons, the contract that you mentioned being one of the foremost.

  3. Alex says:

    Evan Gattis is likely. Do not let him anywhere near catcher.

    Having a great defensive catcher is a lot more important than having a mediocre catcher that can hit .250

    • OriginalTom says:

      Is Gattis really that bad defensively? I love his bat. I could see him as a DH and occasionally giving Loney a rest against lefties and then giving Hanigan a rest once or twice a week.

      I think it may take more than Hellickson to get him.

  4. richie b. says:

    ...don't expect to get much for Hellickson....probably a mediocre prospect or 2....(seriously, would you give up anybody good for jeremy?).this trade comes under the heading..."addition by subtraction"...the advantage to the Rays is getting out from under his salary, and clearing space for someone else...such as colome, karns, or matt moore when he's ready to return.

  5. Gus says:

    Selling low? Check.
    Dumping payroll? Check.
    Hurting 2015 pennant chances? Check.
    Announcing trade availability for no good reason? Check.

    Silverman era continues its ugly start. (Of course he may be burning down the house at Stu's direction).

    • Skateman says:

      Cesar Ramos trade was a good one. And sorry but the best time to let Hellickson go was 2011 or 2012 when his numbers were good thanks to a low BABIP. Now the best time to get rid of him is ASAP. I for one approve of the more proactive approach being taken by Silverman. There's a lot of dead-weight on this team that needs to go, and Hellickson definitely qualifies. In fact, we can still be quite competitive next year without mediocre players like Hellickson, Joyce, DeJesus, and SRod. And if we can dump these guys and improve the farm system we should consider ourselves lucky. Note that I didn't include Balfour, Molina, or Peralta, as we'd be lucky to get a bag of balls for any of them.


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