The Phillies announced the long- awaited trades of two of the trade chips they signed during the off season. Friday evening, they traded Howie Kendrick plus cash considerations to the Washington Nationals for McKenzie Mills and international amateur signing bonus pool space. (story here.)
And later, they announced the trade of Jeremy hellickson and cash considerations to Baltimore for OF Hyun Soo Kim, AA LHP Garrett Cleavinger, and international amateur signing bonus pool space. (story here.)
Mills is a 6’4, LHP who was an All Star in the South Atlantic League. He was originally signed after the June 2014 Amateur Draft out of high school. He does not need Rule 5 protection until after the 2018 season.
Mills has an impressive line this season. In 18 starts, he has a 12-2 record and a 3.01 ERA. He has struck out 118 and walked 22 in 104.2 innings pitched.
Mills is not the only SAL All Star that the Phillies added to the organization this week.
Earlier in the week, the Phillies traded Pat Neshek to the Colorado Rockies for minor league infielder Jose Gomez and minor league right-handers J.D. Hammer and Alejandro Requena. (story here.) Gomez and Requena were both on the SAL South squad. Gomez and Hammer will report to the Clearwater Threshers. Requena will report to Lakewood.
When I first heard that the Phillies were contemplating a deal with Baltimore, my reaction was, “Oh no! Not Baltimore!”. My fear now is that after the deadline passes, Hellickson fails one of the Orioles medical exams and is returned to compete the season with the Phillies, and we’ll have to return the international dollars. It’s not like players haven’t failed the Orioles medical exams in the past, right?