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.