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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