Jeremy Hellickson had an off-year in 2017, posting a 5.43 ERA over 30 starts between the Philadelphia Phillies and Baltimore Orioles. In 2016, however, Hellickson went 12-10 with a 3.71 ERA.
Hellickson’s best season was in 2011 when he won the AL Rookie of the Year with the Tampa Bay Rays. Hellickson went 13-10 with a 2.95 ERA and proved that he can pitch in the AL East.
Hellickson struggled in his return to the AL East as a member of the Orioles this season but he would be a decent No. 4 or 5 starter for the New York Yankees.
At 30 years old, Hellickson could be looking to sign a one or two-year deal to try to rebound after a less than stellar 2017 season and prove his worth.
Hellickson would cost a bit more than CC Sabathia. Sabathia will likely make between $12-15 million but Hellickson could be looking into the $16+ million range.
Considering Hellickson would likely cost more than Sabathia, he should be a last resort for New York. If the Yankees can’t re-sign Sabathia, they should look to sign a starter for just as much or less money than CC.