Hamels and Byrd claimed on Revocable Waivers – Phillies Nation

Hamels and Byrd claimed on Revocable Waivers

Phillies ace lefty Cole Hamels has been claimed on revocable waivers by an unidentified team according to Foxsports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. The Phillies now have 48 hours to either work out a trade with the unidentified team, or pull him back. The third option would be to let Hamels just go to the unnamed team for nothing with the mystery team paying the rest of Hamels salary. This is very unlikely, however.

Hamels can be traded to nine different teams without his consent. Those teams are the Red Sox, Dodgers, Angels, Cardinals, Nationals, Rangers, Padres and Yankees.

The Red Sox have shown interest in Hamels this season, with the Phillies having scouted their AA team. Hamels was said to be a fit for Boston if they could not sign Jon Lester to a long term contract. The Red Sox ended up trading Lester to the Oakland Athletics on deadline day leaving a reunion between Lester and “bean town” in doubt.

The Dodgers claimed lefty Cliff Lee last year on revocable waivers, and could be the team in question. Rosenthal reports that the Phillies may be better off trying to trade him in the offseason, rather than trying to work out a trade with this mystery team. The 30-year old ace is enjoying arguably his best season in his Major League career. He has compiled a 6-6 record with a 2.42 ERA. He has given up a career low eight home runs, and opposing hitters are batting just .224 off the lefty. His trade stock has never been higher.

Marlon Byrd was also claimed on revocable waivers by an unidentified team. This could be a move by a team actually looking to acquire Byrd’s services for a stretch run, or it could be used to block other teams from trading for the 36-year old outfielder. Byrd, who has been one of the better free agent pick ups of the winter, has another year left on his contract along with an obtainable vesting option for 2016. Byrd is hitting .269 this season with 21 home runs, and 63 runs batted in.

His contract was one of the reasons on why he was not traded at the July 31st non-waiver deadline; teams did not want to invest two more years into an aging outfielder. It is also worth noting that Jonathan Papelbon cleared waivers.

My take: I respectfully am going to disagree with Ken Rosenthal in regards to Hamels. If you are looking for an ace pitcher, this is the offseason to get one. This free agent class is set to feature both Max Scherzer and Jon Lester. Hamels would be the third choice for teams that lost out on either of those two pitchers. Teams would seemingly rather pony up money than prospects. While his trade stock has never been higher, and I worry of a Cliff Lee type situation, I don’t see a trade happening. The Phillies had been in talks with the Dodgers, but asked for three top 20 prospects in all of baseball for the 30-year old ace. 48 hours just isn’t a ton of time to get adequate value for a pitcher of Hamels caliber.

Byrd is more likely to go. Byrd would be a nice addition for a team needing outfield help, as he is one of the best options on the market. Two of the teams on his no-trade list are the Seattle Mariners, and the Kansas City Royals. Both of those teams had been interested in Byrd, but the slugging right fielder wanted them to pick up his option. The Yankees were also a fit for Byrd, but when the Phillies asked for former first round pick Aaron Judge the Yankees balked and decided to acquire Martin Prado.

Papelbon was the guy most Phillies fans wanted claimed. That would have been the easiest way to get rid of Papelbon and his contract (barring that the claiming team was not on his no-trade list). Hopefully the Phillies will be able to work out a deal with a team for Papelbon, who is still owed $13 million next season, with an obtainable vesting option in 2016 for another $13 million. In Ruben we trust?



  1. Lefty

    August 6, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Just a thought-
    If the Dodgers or Red Sox are the ones claiming Hamels, then it’s likely there has already been some groundwork laid, meaning its more than just a rushed 48 hour conversation.

    And maybe they claimed him because they are wiling to give in on something now that they weren’t then?

  2. Mudmin

    August 6, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    I’m not so sure of that. I see no downside in any team that can afford taking a salary on to claiming him. Article said the worst that can happen is that they could possibly block a trade to someone else. And who knows? The Phillies can do an absolute salary dump and just let any of these guys go. The only reason not to claim someone if you are deathly afraid of their contract. Hamels contract isn’t bad overall and Byrd becomes a lot less scary if you are not giving up anything to get him.

  3. Jael

    August 6, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    I keep cole hamels

  4. bacardipr05

    August 6, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    I think Cole will still be here. Since this season is shot they can pick up any one or get someone from the minors to fill in for Byrd.

  5. TimC

    August 6, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    If someone will take Byrd’s contract for the next two years, you take what you can get for him, free up the money, and put it towards Castillo.

  6. Jaron B

    August 7, 2014 at 1:22 am

    I don’t fully trust RAJ with this, but if the teams that he negotiated with in July are claiming Hamels & Byrd, then they can build off of those discussions. If Amaro wants to trade these guys, however, he has to lower his price a bit or package Pap. I don’t think Cole’s traded… I’d like to see Hamels & especially Utley retire as Phillies.

  7. Lefty

    August 7, 2014 at 8:44 am

    No big surprise about Cliff Lee I guess. In hindsight, I wish they had dealt him last season when he was claimed. I admit I didn’t feel that way at that time. Oh well, too late now.

  8. Hogey's Role

    August 7, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Unless you get a huge haul for cole hamels I wouldn’t deal him, 3 top prospects would start the talk for cole hamels, bottom line….

    Marlon Byrd on the other hand, if you can land a good outfield prospect for him and maybe kick in some salary then I say do that deal, at least that frees up a spot the rest of the year for brown and Sizemore to both play corner outfield spots and maybe Sizemore can work into our future plans over the next few years if he can stay healthy and brown can work out his kinks??

    • Lefty

      August 7, 2014 at 9:43 am

      Brown has proven he can hit, but you have to wonder what he’s going through right now and if he can get out of it. BTW I see that Bryce Harper is having similar problems as Brown.

      • Hogey's Role

        August 7, 2014 at 9:54 am

        Yeah idk, with brown it might come down to needing a change of scenery or something..

        And on a side note, I wish you a healthy and speedy recovery with your knee replacement lefty

      • Lefty

        August 7, 2014 at 10:26 am

        Thank you kindly Hogey.

  9. Scotty Ingerton

    August 7, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    The Dodgers claimed Lee in 2012 (not last season).

  10. Scotty Ingerton

    August 7, 2014 at 2:30 pm

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