Report: Phillies’ Jonathan Papelbon Clears Waivers; Cole Hamels Claimed


MLB: San Francisco Giants at Philadelphia PhilliesThe Philadelphia Phillies have plenty of news coming out of the waiver wire Wednesday.

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported that Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon cleared waivers. The former Boston Red Sox pitcher has a limited no-trade clause, but according to Rosenthal, Papelbon told reporters that the clause would “not be an obstacle” if Philadelphia can find a trade partner.

In addition to the Papelbon news, Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels and outfielder Marlon Byrd both were claimed on revocable waivers by “unidentified” clubs. Philly’s asking price for both players was very high, however, so unless they can work out a satisfactory trade in the next 48 hours, they’ll likely pull both of them back.

Hamels also has a partial no-trade clause and can only be traded to nine teams, including the Red Sox, without his consent.

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