The Philadelphia Phillies were rumored to be making some big trades this year but none of their plans came through and they ended up making no trades at all.
But the Phillies are looking to be aggressive in the waiver deadline period, which means that the players they thought they could have traded in July will need to clear waivers first in August before they can be traded to whoever wants them — at a much lower price, no less.
According to Jon Heyman from CBSSports.com, while the Phillies may want to move Cole Hamels in August, there’s no chance he makes it through the waiver process unclaimed.
Sure, he has $104 million to go for four more years. But he’s well worth it — at least to a big-market club. No shot he gets past the Red Sox, Yankees or Dodgers, all of whom showed interest. If Philly loves all its players, they especially love Hamels, as he is basically their only bargain.
Hamels clearing waivers isn’t that hard of a thing to imagine, as the ace has a massive contract but is club controlled which makes it more attractive. He may end up clearing waivers at the end of the day but Hamels is still a decent pitcher who many contenders wouldn’t mind grabbing, especially after the arms race the Detroit Tigers and Oakland A’s got into at the deadline.
Be sure to stay glued to FanSided’s MLB Rumors page to stay up to date with the latest action and rumbling from the baseball hot stove this trade season.
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