SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — As long expected, the Phillies have extended a qualifying offer to free-agent pitcher Jeremy Hellickson, general manager Matt Klentak said at the GM meetings Monday.
Hellickson has seven days to accept or reject the offer of $17.2 million for the 2017 season. If he accepts it, he becomes a signed player for 2017. If he rejects it, the Phillies will receive draft-pick compensation when Hellickson signs with another club. That pick figures to be somewhere between No. 25 and 30 overall in the June draft, so it would be extremely valuable to a rebuilding club.