2. Jeremy Hellickson
Hellickson signed a one-year deal with the Nationals last offseason and he’s comfortably out producing the team’s expectations. They are paying a paltry sum of $2 million for a pitcher who’s given them 68 innings pitched with an ERA of just 3.44 in 14 starts on the season.
The real question about Hellickson is whether or not the Nationals are going to be willing to part with him. They’re seven games back in the AL East, but they potentially have the talent to close the gap on Atlanta and Philadelphia. Selling off some assets might be the right move, but it’s hard to tell whether or not the Washington front office is willing to admit defeat.
If they are, the Yankees should be all over Hellickson. He looks healthy again and that’s allowed him to show consistent command with all of his pitches this season. Hellickson doesn’t strike a lot of guys out, but he doesn’t give up much solid contact either. His ability to keep the ball in the ballpark would play well at Yankee Stadium.
Like Gibson, Hellickson’s value is diminished because he’s in the last year of his contract. The Nationals can’t afford to ask for a huge return. The Yankees might be able to acquire him without giving up a premium prospect. No one knows what Washington is going to do ahead of the deadline, but if they become sellers, expect Hellickson to be a hot commodity.