Hellickson in play?

According to Joel Sherman (via Twitter) of the New York Post, the Rays are “moving toward” trading Jeremy Hellickson to a National League team.

The 27-year-old right-hander began this past season on the disabled list while recovering from elbow surgery to “remove loose bodies” from his right elbow.  Hellickson, who earned 2011 American League Rookie of the Year honors, went 1-5 with a 4.52 ERA in 13 starts this season.

If the season began today, the Rays would have Hellickson, Alex Cobb, Chris Archer, Drew Smyly, Nathan Karns and Alex Colome to chose from for their rotation with Matt Moore due back around June.  Of that group, Hellickson will make the most money and he is headed for arbitration.

–Bill Chastain

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