Report: Jeremy Hellickson leaning towards rejecting Phillies’ qualifying offer

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that starter Jeremy Hellickson is leaning towards rejecting the Phillies’ $17.2 million qualifying offer to test the free agent market. Hellickson is represented by Scott Boras, so this is not particularly surprising.

Hellickson, 29, had a bounceback 2016 campaign after three rough years from 2013-15. He made 32 starts spanning 189 innings, compiling a 3.71 ERA and a 154/45 K/BB ratio. While the stats don’t scream “free agent payday,” this offseason’s free agent market is uniquely barren. As such, Hellickson is arguably the second-best starter available as I noted in my preview of the free agent starters.

If Hellickson does reject the Phillies’ QO, he’ll have draft pick compensation attached to him. That means his new team will have to forfeit a draft pick in order to sign him, which could serve as a detriment. Some players with QO compensation attached to them didn’t end up signing until late February ahead of this past season.

The deadline for players to decide whether to accept or reject their qualifying offers is next Monday, November 14.

Brian Cashman signs 4-year contract to remain Yankees GM

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SAN DIEGO — Brian Cashman has signed a four-year contract to remain the New York Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager. The announcement was made during the first day of baseball’s Winter Meetings.

Cashman, New York’s GM since 1998, had been working on a handshake agreement since early November, when his five-year contract expired.

The Yankees were swept by four games in the AL Championship Series and haven’t reached the World Series since winning in 2009. It is the franchise’s longest title drought since an 18-year gap between 1978-96.

Cashman’s main goal during the offseason is trying to re-sign AL MVP Aaron Judge.

Judge hit an American League-record 62 homers this season with a .311 batting average and 131 RBIs. He turned down the Yankees’ offer on the eve of opening day of a seven-year contract that would have paid $213.5 million from 2023-29.

While Judge remains on the market, Cashman was able to re-sign Anthony Rizzo on Nov. 15 to a two-year contract worth $40 million after turning down a $16 million player option.

Cashman has been the Yankees general manager since 1998. He has been with the organization since 1986, when he was a 19-year old intern in the scouting department. In his 25 seasons as GM, the Yankees have reached the postseason 21 times, including four World Series championships and six American League titles.