CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reports that a team claimed Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson on trade waivers, but the two clubs were unable to work out a deal. As a result, the Phillies pulled Hellickson back from trade waivers, which means he’s ineligible to be traded for the rest of the season. Hellickson, 29, has had a nice bounce-back season after three poor years from 2013-15. He’s 10-8 with a 3.80 ERA and a 131/36 K/BB ratio in 154 innings. The Phillies could attempt to re-sign Hellickson in the offseason. It’s also possible the club makes a qualifying offer — estimated to be worth $16.7 million — so that the Phillies will at least get back a compensatory draft pick if Hellickson opts to
September is nearly here and that means it’s time to focus on the playoff races. A lot of them, like the NL Central and NL East, would require sea change for any current first-place teams to lose their footing. The AL East is another story. The Blue Jays, at 74-56, currently own first place in the division followed by the Red Sox (72-58, 2 GB) and Orioles (71-59, 3 GB). Even the Yankees, who were sellers ahead of the deadline nearly one month ago, can’t be counted out at 67-62, 6.5 games behind. Thankfully, you won’t need the quad-view on MLB.tv to follow, as the Jays and Orioles match up at Camden Yards for the start of a three-game series. Marco Estrada will go for the Jays and Wade Miley will
Orioles DH Mark Trumbo drilled a two-run home run to left-center field off of reliever Ben Heller in the eighth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Yankees. In doing so, he became the first player to reach the 40-homer plateau this season. Trumbo finished 1-for-4 on the afternoon. Along with the 40 dingers, he’s hitting .257/.317/.541 with 96 RBI. He has already set a career-high in homers and is four RBI away from tying his career high in that regard. Trumbo is eligible for free agency after the season. Needless to say, his performance in 2016 bodes well for his ability to secure a hefty contract.