Diamondbacks acquire Jeremy Hellickson from the Rays

According to Jon Heyman from CBS Sports, the Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired Jeremy Hellickson from the Tampa Bay Rays. It was later reported that they Rays will be getting back two prospects. For now, we know they are getting outfielder Justin Williams. However, more players may become involved in the trade.

In Williams minor-league career, he hit .351 with five homers and 83 RBI’s over a span of 125 games with over two seasons with three different minor-league clubs.

Hellickson has been in the majors for four-years, all with the Rays. He has posted a 40-36 record with a 3.78 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP over 115 career starts. He only pitched in 13 games this season due to injuries. He is a former Rookie of the Year and Gold Glove winner.

“I’m definitely excited to get over there to Arizona and get back to the pitcher I was,” Hellickson told the Tampa Bay Times after the trade. “I’d heard the rumors so you kind of expect something, but I’m definitely kind of shocked.”

Andrew Velazquez was also traded to the Rays. He hit .290/.367/.428 with nine homers and 50 stolen bases in 2014. Baseball America’s Ben Badler describes the speedy shortstop as a little man with explosive tools, rating his baserunning as plus and arm as above average.

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