Hellickson won AL Rookie of the Year in 2011, and was an AL Gold Glove winner in 2012. In 2010, he garnered minor league player of the year awards from Baseball America and USA Today. Tampa Bay will receive two prospects, outfielder Justin Williams and shortstop Andrew Velazquez, as compensation.
According to Heyman, Hellickson was hindered by injuries last season, going 1-5 with a 4.52 ERA, and will look to match his rookie-year performance, when he went 13-10 with a 2.95 ERA.
Earlier this week, Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart confirmed he had discussions with Tampa Bay about a trade for Hellickson. Stewart, however, did not consider the talks to be "substantive."
Hellickson's acquisition is part of Arizona's search for starting pitchers, Heyman writes, and this trade is Stewart's first significant move as general manager.
In five seasons with the Rays organization, Hellickson has a 3.78 ERA and a 40-36 record in 640 innings pitched.