As we all know, the Philadelphia Phillies did not complete a trade prior to the trade deadline. Numerous playoff contending teams could have upgraded by completing a trade without giving up too much talent in their farm system. Marlon Byrd, Antonio Bastardo and A.J. Burnett are the extra pieces that could be exactly what a contending team needs to put them over the edge, but waiting until the waiver deadline could benefit the Phillies even more.
The Phillies can now put any player on waivers, and in fact, most of them will be on waivers. If the player goes unclaimed, he can be traded to any team, however, if a team claims him, the Phillies have two days from when the player was claimed to do one of the following three options. Option one is they could pull him off waivers and keep him for the remainder of the season. Option two is they could dump him and his salary off to the team that claims him. The final option is to trade him to the team that claimed him.
When the end of August arrives, teams will have an even better clue of whether they are contending or not. Since the Phillies have multiple players available with unfriendly contracts, teams will look to gain players without trading away multiple young players or by spending much money. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. also has another option by waiting until the end of the season and tradin some players during the winter meetings. Either way, the Phillies have leverage to trade all desirable players before August as well as before the start of the 2015 season.