The Phillies are scouting Miami’s Gulf Coast League affiliate and other minor league teams in preparation for a potential trade involving Jeremy Hellickson, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.
As the trade deadline approaches, the Marlins are seeking starting pitching but don’t have much minor league depth to part with in a deal. The organization hasn’t commented on its approach, but it’s likely top draft picks, such as Josh Naylor, will only be moved in an overwhelming deal for a controllable starter.
Hellickson, 29, is having an effective season, pitching to a 3.84 ERA and 4.21 FIP over 119.2 innings with the Phillies. He’s having his best season since 2012 and has tossed at least 146.0 innings in four of his six major league seasons entering this year.
With Wei-Yin Chen on the disabled list, the Marlins might now be more aggressive in their search for starting help. However, Jose Urena has been effective in a pair of starts since being recalled from Triple-A New Orleans, which could make the club hesitant to overpay for a starter.
Hellickson and Andrew Cashner, both impending free agents, appear to be atop Miami’s wish list.