The Philadelphia Phillies have begun placing players on the revocable trade waivers, including first baseman Ryan Howard and pitchers A.J. Burnett, Antonio Bastardo, Kyle Kendrick, Roberto Hernandez.
Many players go on waivers in August because it is non-committal. If a player clears waivers, he can be traded. If a player is claimed, he can be pulled back, or traded or awarded to the claiming team.
Howard signed a five-year, $125 million deal in 2010, and will earn $25 million in 2015 and 2016. Howard is batting .215 with 16 home runs and 63 RBIs this season. Howard has a player option for 2017 that can be bought out for $10 million.
Burnett, who drew interest prior to the July 31 MLB non-waiver trading deadline, is 6-11 with a 4.16 ERA and 124 strikeouts this season.
- Sarah Barshop