Jul 25, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. walks the field while talking on the phone during batting practice before a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Phillies Roster Roundup: Waivers Galore & Panamanian Project

At this point of the season, the only possible developments that can attract attention are predominantly off the field. With August being notorious for waiver-eligible player trades and teams still being able to sign International talent, fanbases for floundering teams like the Phillies have little to turn to. After a dud of a trade deadline performance, the Phillies most likely hope to make up for their inactivity over the course of the next four weeks. Earlier Monday, news broke indicating that such is the case.



Realistically speaking, one has to think that if any team in the league puts a waiver claim on any of the aforementioned players by Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Phillies will provide little resistance as they are desperate to free up some money. That being said, it’s hard to imagine too many teams will be knocking down the door for a less-than-stellar collection of players. Roberto Hernandez and Antonio Bastardo are favorable options considering their manageable deals. Were it not for poor performances recently by A.J. Burnett and even Kyle Kendrick, it would come as no shock for a team to make a play for experienced pitching. No one is going to take Ryan Howard’s contract, so it might be best to throw that pipe dream away. These waiver deals will by no means re-energize the Phillies farm system. It will take the team parting ways with Cole Hamels or Chase Utley for any sort of negligible return to come back in the form of a trade.

In addition to announcing their first wave of waiver candidates, the Phillies made a splash on the international market. No, unfortunately it was NOT a blockbuster contract given to outfielder Rusney Castillo. Instead, the team inked 16-year-old Panamanian shortstop Jonathan Arauz to a $600,000 deal. Here’s a brief prospect breakdown, courtesy of the article by Philly.com’s Justin Klugh.

 While favoring the left, Arauz is a switch-hitter with average contact, sharp defensive skills and a strong arm. His speed is reportedly his weak point, but intelligence on defense makes up for his lack of agility. You won’t see Arauz’s name on any top prospect lists, but he was touted as the best prospect Panama had to offer.

Not exactly earth-shattering, but an addition none-the-less. I’m still all-in on the ‘overpay Castillo so you don’t lose him’ boat. Expect a decision in the coming days.

Update 4:10 PM EST: For whatever reason, the Phillies waited until today to waive their ‘core’ players.


Tags: A.J. Burnett Antonio Bastardo Kyle Kendrick Philadelphia Phillies Ryan Howard

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