Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Phillies will make a $17.2 million qualifying offer to starter Jeremy Hellickson. Hellickson can choose to accept the offer within the next week or reject it and become a free agent. If he rejects it, his new signing team will have to forfeit its highest available draft pick.
Hellickson, 29, was a dependable starter for the Phillies this past season after struggling from 2013-15. He finished with a 3.71 ERA and a 154/45 K/BB ratio in 189 innings.
The Phillies have only $23 million committed for the 2017 season, so they can certainly afford to pay Hellickson for his reliability. In the event Hellickson accepts the QO, the Phillies could also explore a trade by the July 31 deadline.