FOXSports.com cited Major League sources Thursday as saying a National League team was awarded the claim on Heilman. The claiming team on Harden was not known, but presumably he did not get through the NL, either. Players must pass through their own league first before being exposed on waivers to teams in the other league.
The Cubs will have until Monday to work out trades, allow Harden and Heilman to depart on claims, or pull them back them from waivers. Harden is 3-1 with a 1.80 ERA in eight starts since the All-Star break.
The Giants, Rockies and Dodgers were all believed to be looking for starting pitching. Harden is 8-7 with a 3.99 ERA overall in 22 starts, and the righty is a projected Type A free agent this offseason. Heilman, who played in the postseason with the New York Mets in 2006, is 2-3 with a 4.55 ERA.
"It's news to me," Heilman said after the Cubs lost, 5-4, on Thursday to the Washington Nationals. "We'll wait to see what happens and deal with it at that point. I certainly enjoy playing here and enjoy my teammates. I definitely would like to stick around."
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.