- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The Washington Nationals are bringing back starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson on a one-year deal, in a move that likely fills out their rotation for the upcoming season.

MLB Network’s Jon Heyman and others reported that Hellickson signed for $1.3 million with the possibility to reach $4 million via incentives.

Hellickson played for Washington last year after spending his first eight major league seasons in Tampa Bay, Arizona, Philadelphia and Baltimore. The righty finished 5-3 with a 3.45 ERA in just 91.1 innings pitched.

He spent some time on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, but also had his share of highlights, including carrying a perfect game into the seventh inning against the Padres on May 8.

The Nationals signed starters Patrick Corbin and Anibal Sanchez in free agency to support their two marquee pitchers, Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. Hellickson is one of their top candidates to be the No. 5 starter in 2019.

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