The Chicago Cubs are the mystery team that claimed Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels off waivers Wednesday, according to WPEN radio's Mike Missanelli. A deal between the two clubs to trade Hamels, however, appears unlikely.
The Phillies have roughly 24 hours left to strike a deal with the Cubs to trade Hamels or revoke the waiver. As the team in the Phillies' league with the third worst record behind the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Cubs were third in line to exercise a 'claim' on Hamels. The Cubs' 'claim' of Hamels means Chicago is the only club with which the Phillies can either trade the pitcher or rescind the waiver request.
Mr. Missanelli raises the question:
My info sez the CUBS put in the waiver claim on Cole Hamels. Would the Phils trade him there now and would Cole accept? — Mike Missanelli (@MikeMiss975) August 7, 2014
The answer, says the Chicago Sun-Times' Gordon Wittenmyer, is almost certainly 'no.' Wittenmyer, citing a "major league source," said the Phillies would likely demand newly acquired Cubs' prospect Addison Russell in any potential Hamels trade.
The Phillies were reported before the trade deadline to have made Hamels available for a trade just a week after they told teams he was not available. Per Wittenmyer, the Phillies were considered one of the most "unrealistic" teams to deal with in the lead up to the trade deadline. The Phillies did not make any major moves at the deadline.
The 31-year-old pitcher is guaranteed $22.5 million each season through 2018. Hamels is the owner of a 6-6 record and a 2.42 ERA through 20 starts in 2014.
- Will Green