The Cubs and Phillies have engaged in talks on a trade for star Philly pitcher Cole Hamels, but are not especially likely to complete a deal, according to people familiar with the situation.

Chicago claimed Hamels on revocable waivers, as Mike Missanelli of 97.5 the Fanatic originally reported, but while the Cubs are intent on adding a No. 1 type pitcher to go with their great young positional talent, they are said to prefer the free-agent route due to their preference not to surrender big-time prospects while paying a big salary as well.

Hamels has more than four years left on his $144 million, six-year Phillies deal. reported that Hamels was claimed Wednesday, so the 48-hour window to complete a trade would close Friday.