We've got two weeks left for the Phillies to acquire a player who could potentially help them down the stretch (and be eligible for the playoffs). But who might be available?
Third basemen: With Placido Polanco's status up in the air, would you be interested in the Phillies acquiring Dodgers third baseman Casey Blake or the Rockies' Ty Wigginton? Or would you be OK with Mini-Mart and/or Wilson Valdez starting at third base in Game 7 of the World Series? Or maybe you're not concerned with Polanco's sports hernia injury.
Bench players: Jim Thome of the Twins has now reached 600 home runs, so perhaps he could be moved. Charlie Manuel would love to have Thome, but how much of an upgrade is he over Ross Gload? What about Jason Giambi of the Rockies? Also, there is the Dodgers' Jamey Carroll and the Mets' Scott Hairston. Any interest?
Potential lefty relievers: According to MLBTradeRumors.com, five lefties that have cleared waivers to this point are Chris Capuano, Jason Vargas, Bruce Chen, Tom Gorzelanny and Ted Lilly. The site also mentions Brian Fuentes and Mike Gonzalez as possibilities, in addition to eight other names, including John Grabow, Joe Beimel and J.P. Howell. Here is the site's list from two days ago that lists players that have cleared waivers to this point.