Philadelphia Phillies GM Matt Klentak makes a move by acquiring Jeremy Hellickson from the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly was the first to report.

This is a curious move for the Philadelphia Phillies, as it was for the Arizona Diamondbacks to acquire Hellickson in the first place. Hellickson is a back end of the rotation “innings eater” and nothing more. Apparently this is something the Phillies need, but it’s hard to think they couldn’t have searched the free agent market for someone similar.

It’s safe to say that even Hellickson’s early career success was primarily attributed to luck. In 2010 Hellickson posted a 3.10 ERA in 177 innings. His FIP in 2010, however, was 4.60, and has hovered above 4.20 throughout his career. If Hellickson was to have success it wouldn’t be in a place like Arizona or Philadelphia. He would need a ballpark that catered to his pitch-to-contact style.

This could be a sign that Klentak is not very confident in his ability to bring in free agent talent, but it’s still a curious move. The Phillies only give up young 20 year old pitching prospect Sam McWilliams, but giving up anything for Hellickson is an exercise in futility.

Hopefully there is something we don’t know, and this isn’t an early indication of what to expect from Matt Klentak.

 

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