The Phillies are listening to potential offers for RHP Jeremy Hellickson, according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe.
Hellickson (4-1, 3.49 ERA) re-signed with the Phillies in the off-season and was the team's opening starter this season. After a strong month of April, Hellickson has allowed nine runs in his first two starts in May, including five home runs. He has failed to reach five innings in each of his last two starts.
According to the Boston Globe, the Phillies re-signed Hellickson with the intent of shopping him around for prospects ahead of the trade deadline.
The Mets' starting rotation has been depleted by injuries this season, with Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, and Seth Lugo among those who have suffered injuries. Mets closer Jeurys Familia will also miss several months after undergoing surgery on Friday.
"[The bullpen] is 100 percent the most important aspect of the game," JP Ricciardi, a special assistant to Sandy Alderson, said to the Boston Globe. "How the bullpen is managed is extremely important."
In eight big-league seasons, Hellickson has posted a 3.88 ERA in 174 starts and seven relief appearances.