Some waiver wire news surfaced before Wednesday's game between the Phillies and Astros.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, pitcher Cole Hamels and outfielder Marlon Byrd were claimed on revocable trade waivers by unidentified clubs. Rosenthal also reported that closer Jonathan Papelbon cleared waivers.
So what does that mean? The Phillies now have 48 hours to work out a trade with the claiming teams or pull Hamels and Byrd back. A third option would be to let Hamels and Byrd go to the unnamed teams for nothing, with the mystery teams paying the rest of their salaries. If you're unclear on how waiver claims work, Corey Seidman recently explained the process and how players can be moved in August.
It's highly unlikely the Phillies will just give away Hamels and Byrd. The Phils will likely pull both players back -- and almost certainly Hamels -- so they can engage in trade discussions with all 29 MLB clubs in the offseason. That is, of course, if the Phils wish to deal either player.
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 club would require Hamels to waive his no-trade clause.
Byrd recently revealed his four-team no-trade clause. Byrd told Phillies Insider Jim Salisbury he is not eager to move on from the Phils and can block trades to the Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals, Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays.
With Papelbon clearing waivers, the Phillies can attempt to work out a trade with any MLB club interested in the closer. Papelbon, who has a 17-team no-trade clause, has expressed his desire to be traded to a contender, but made it clear he does not want to be a setup man with another club if he's ever traded.