An unidentified team has claimed Philadelphia Phillies starter Cole Hamels off waivers, reports FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. The Phillies have two days to construct a deal with that team or pull him back off waivers.
Hamels has a partial no-trade clause and can only be traded to nine teams without his consent: the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals, San Diego Padres, New York Yankees and Texas Rangers. A trade to any other team would require Hamels to waive his no-trade clause.
The left-hander has a career-low 2.42 ERA this season, and has struck out 139 batters in 137.1 innings. The three-time All-Star signed a six-year, $144 million contract in 2012 that runs through the 2018 season, with a $20 million club option for 2019.
The Phillies are 50-63 and in last place in the N.L. East.
- Alex Hampl