Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Washington Nationals have reached an agreement on an MLB deal with Jeremy Hellickson to return to the team for the 2019 season. The deal is a one year contract worth $1.3 million with $4 million in incentives.
Hellickson, 31, started 19 games (91 1/3 innings) for the Nationals in 2018 in which he went 5-3 with a 3.45 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 4.22 FIP, and 65 strikeouts.
The Nationals rotation now is set to include Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Patrick Corbin, Anibal Sanchez, and Hellickson. Joe Ross and Erick Fedde will probably get a chance to compete with Hellickson. However, given the fact the latter received an MLB deal and the first two have a minor league option remaining, it would appear likely that Hellickson will get the fifth spot in their rotation.
Craig Mish of Sirius XM reported last night that the Nationals and Hellickson were looking into the possibility of a reunion.