After being claimed on waivers by the Cubs, Cole Hamels has been pulled right back off of waivers since a deal couldn’t be worked out. According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, it wasn’t even close:
A major league source said that Cubs took a longshot chance in making the claim for Hamels, feeling they had nothing to lose and had a chance at ending up with an affordable, No. 1 starter who is owed $90 million from 2015-18, with a $20 million option for 2019.
But the Phillies weren’t going to deal Hamels without getting at least a couple top prospects in return, and the Cubs were never close to making that happen.
The Cubs also claimed righty Jacob Turner from the Marlins and were able to work out a deal where they gave up two Class-A prospects for his services. This was very uneventful.