Report: Unidentified team claims Cole Hamels off waivers
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