Aug 3, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels (35) throws a pitch in the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Waiver Watch: Hamels, Byrd Reportedly Claimed; Papelbon Clears

After making no moves at the trade deadline, the Phillies basically put their entire roster on revocable waivers in the last few days. Despite the July 31st deadline coming and going, teams can still negotiate transactions between one another if it involves a player placed on waivers. Usually the team that claims whomever their target is either attains the player outright, or negotiates a trade with the team that has power to reclaim.

It should be noted prior to any sort of fuss being made, that notable Phillies players have been claimed in the past and almost every time they have stuck around. That being said, Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported that two of the players, Cole Hamels and Marlon Byrd, who would make most sense for a team in contention have had unidentified teams claim them off waivers.

 

 

As you can see, Rosenthal also mentioned that Jonathan Papelbon did clear through waivers. It is hard to imagine the Phillies trading away Cole Hamels. Barring any sort of massive overpayment, the direction of the front office just seems too interested in hanging onto their prized lefty. There’s little reason the team shouldn’t do their best to try to get some sort of value for Byrd. I was surprised that they were unable to move him prior to the deadline, and this would be an opportune time to make amends.

Trusting a general manager like Ruben Amaro Jr. to execute a deal for Hamels that would garner market value is not the way to go. It is too important a potential deal to mess up on, and Amaro hasn’t exactly made his name in receiving proper value. The Phillies have 48 hours from the claim to bring their player back.

Tags: Cole Hamels Jonathan Papelbon Marlon Byrd Philadelphia Phillies

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