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Report: Red Sox have scouted Phillies’ Jeremy Hellickson

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: Starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson #58 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws to a Washington Nationals batter in the third inning at Nationals Park on April 27, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Red Sox have scouted Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson. Hellickson is one of “many rotation options” the Red Sox are considering.

The Red Sox recently demoted Clay Buchholz to the bullpen. David Price has been inconsistent all year and owns a 4.64 ERA. To make matters worse, the club is now relying on Sean O’Sullivan at the back of the rotation.

Hellickson, 29, has been solid for the Phillies, posting a 3.92 ERA with a 93/27 K/BB ratio in 105 2/3 innings. He’s owed the remainder of his $7 million salary for this season and is eligible for free agency at season’s end.

The Phillies enter Thursday’s action at 40-46, which isn’t bad considering the preseason expectations for the team. However, the organization would happily relent Hellickson for anything more valuable than the draft pick compensation they would get after making a qualifying offer to the right-hander.

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