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The Phillies completed a 4-2 week. they took 2 of 3 from the Giants at home then flew to San Diego and took 2 of 3 from the Padres. Their record stands at 52-61 (8-13 since the break). The Phillies travel to Los Angeles for three games with the Dodgers (Urias, Maeda, Kazmir) then return home for a 9-game home stand that starts with the Rockies.
The Phillies are at best a long shot for a wild card spot. They are 8 games behind the second wild card spot, currently held by the Miami Marlins. They are 9 back in the loss column.
Their .460 winning percentage gives them the 10th worst winning percentage. Their recent 4 wins have brought The Angels and Royals back into the race for a protected pick.
The passing of the non-waiver trade deadline doesn’t mean that trades cannot occur. Teams can still trade players from their 40-man rosters if they clear waivers. So, we still have that to look forward to this month.
Here are some of the basics for the waiver trade period.
- First, teams expose most if not all of the players on their 40-man rosters to revocable waivers during August. That action does not mean a transaction is imminent. But, it allows negotiations to begin in earnest if/when interest is shown.
- Players on the DL are not eligible for the waiver process while on the DL.
- A player on waivers can be claimed by one or more teams. In the case of multiple claims, teams from the same league take priority over teams from the other league. When claims are submitted from multiple teams within the same league, the team with the lowest winning percentage is awarded the claim.
- When a player is claimed the team has three options –
- Pull the player back and keep him.
- Negotiate a trade with the claiming team. (two days to negotiate)
- Let the player go. (The new team takes on the player’s remaining salary.)
- If a player goes unclaimed for two days, he “passes through” waivers and his team can trade him to any other team for the rest of the season (dependent of course upon any contractual no-trade clauses or other trade limitations).
- Players dealt after Aug. 31 are not eligible to participate in the postseason.
- A team can pull a player back from waivers only once.
- If a player who has been pulled back from waivers is exposed again and claimed, his rights go to the claiming team pursuant to the rules above.