Jeremy Hellickson accepts the Phillies qualifying offer

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Jon Heyman reports that Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson has accepted the Phillies $17.2 qualifying offer. He’ll return to the Phillies on a one-year deal.

Hellickson, 29, had a nice 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 that is by no means elite as far as free agents go, the thinking was that, given how barren the free agent market is, especially for starters, Hellickson would reject the offer and seek a multi-year deal. Indeed, there were reports in the past week that he was leaning toward doing just that.

That’s not the case, however. Hellickson becomes the fourth player to ever accept a qualifying offer. And, as such, will stay in Philly for another year.

Dodgers sign Miguel Rojas to 1-year, $6M deal thru 2024

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to terms with infielder Miguel Rojas on a one-year, $6 million deal that takes him through the 2024 season.

The contract includes a salary of $5 million in 2024 and a club option salary of $5 million in 2025 with a $1 million buyout and charitable contributions.

The 33-year-old Rojas was acquired last month from the Miami Marlins for minor league infielder Jacob Amaya. He returns to the Dodgers for the second time, having made 85 appearances with the club in 2014 as a rookie.

Rojas hit .236 with six home runs and 36 RBIs in 140 games last season. He’s been in the majors for parts of nine seasons while playing five different defensive positions.