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Miami Marlins trade rumors: Asking price for Jeremy Hellickson remains high

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Would the Marlins part with a top five prospect?

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Miami remains interested in Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson, but Philadelphia has a notably high asking price, according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark.

Hellickson, who has pitched to a 3.65 ERA and 4.17 FIP over 125.2 innings this season, is one of several starters the Marlins have been linked to. However, he is also an impending free agent.

The Marlins are unlikely to move any of their top five prospects in a deal that involves a rental starting pitcher, though that might be the expectation given the current pitching landscape.

Per MLB.com, Miami’s top five prospects are Tyler Kolek, Josh Naylor, Jarlin Garcia, Stone Garrett and Kendry Flores, respectively. It’s unlikely any of those five would be available for a non-controllable starter.

Miami is interested in several other rental starters and might be forced to part with a top prospect to upgrade its rotation. If the Phillies are considering keeping Hellickson and making him a qualifying offer, other teams with impending free agent starters could take the same approach.