MLB Trade Rumors has compiled a list of players that have cleared waivers and can be traded to any team. The Phillies would have to trade for these players by tomorrow if they are going to be eligible for the playoffs.
With Jim Thome no longer on the board, here are some of the more intriguing names on the list:
Tom Gorzelanny, Nationals: Lefties are hitting .171/.209/.286 against him in 84 at-bats this season. He has made 15 starts and seven relief appearances for Washington.
Chris Capuano, Mets: On Friday, the veteran southpaw pitched a two-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts and no walks against the Braves. Lefties are hitting .216/.255/.313 against him this season, though only two of his 27 appearances have come out of the bullpen.
Bill Bray, Reds: The southpaw has been effective against both lefties and righties this season. Lefties are batting .192/.240/.247 against him, while righties are coming in at .229/.264/.304. He has allowed one home run to the 168 hitters he's faced.
Mike Gonzalez, Orioles: The lefty, who has been linked to the Phillies in the past, has thrown 13 consecutive scoreless appearances, spanning 12 1/3 innings. He has allowed a total of five hits and one walk in that stretch. Lefties are hitting .211/.240/.305 against him in 2011.
Johnny Damon, Rays: Probably unlikely given John Mayberry Jr.'s emergence, but he'd be an obvious upgrade over Ben Francisco and/or Raul Ibanez. There are other outfield candidates, as well, including David DeJesus and Angel Pagan.
Ryan Theriot, Cardinals: Given the injury concerns with infielders Placido Polanco and Jimmy Rollins, an upgrade to Michael Martinez - wouldn't that be just about anyone? - might not be a bad option.