Philadelphia Phillies Claim Juan Nicasio

Juan Nicasio has been claimed by the Philadelphia Phillies. Photo Credit: David Hague
Philadelphia Phillies Claim Juan Nicasio
John Dreker

The Philadelphia Phillies have claimed right-handed pitcher Juan Nicasio from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday afternoon. Nicasio was placed on irrevocable waivers by the Pirates earlier this week, which meant that they would lose him to any team that claims him. A player put on revocable waivers doesn't need to be sent to the team that claims him. That's usually done with a trade in mind, meaning if the trade is worth it, then you get rid of the player.

The Phillies claiming Nicasio makes very little sense in that they are in the same situation as the Pirates. Neither team has a playoff shot and Nicasio is a free agent at the end of the season. It's possible that they may be planning to trade Nicasio on their own, although they needed to give up a player on their 40-man roster (Brock...

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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