In fact, expect teams to begin trying to get players through waivers almost immediately as GMs try to work out deals before Aug. 31. Better yet, the chances the Phillies do something this month is greater than it was during the non-waiver deadline.
During Charlie Manuel's run as manager, the Phillies have made some significant moves in August. Last year the Phillies traded Joe Blanton to the Dodgers. They also acquired John Bowker, Mike Sweeney, Matt Stairs, Russell Branyan, Jose Hernandez, Jeff Conine and Michael Tucker after the deadline.
Branyan also was traded after the 2007 deadline and reliever Ryan Flanklin was dealt to St. Louis after the '06 deadline.
Last year the Phillies tried to slip Cliff Lee through waivers only to see the Dodgers make a claim. They may attempt to sneak him through again this year, along with Jonathan Papelbon or Michael Young.
Could Chase Utley be a post-deadline acquisition for a contender? That depends if the Phillies put together a contract extension for the second baseman. Reports indicate that the Phillies and Utley's camp are discussing an extension, but Amaro didn't get into that on Wednesday.
Amaro did get into the fact that the Phillies will be looking into the future a bit over the final months of the season. Part of that long-term glimpse has been Darin Ruf's presence in the lineup. Ruf has played in 18 straight games and is in the lineup again on Wednesday night in left field.
Ruf will be joined by his Triple-A teammate, Cody Asche, who will get his first big league start on Wednesday night at third base.
Here's Manuel's lineup:1.) Jimmy Rollins, ss
2.) Michael Young, 1b
3.) Chase Utley, 2b
4.) Delmon Young, rf
5.) Darin Ruf, lf
6.) Cody Asche, 3b
7.) John Mayberry Jr., cf
8.) Carlos Ruiz, c
9.) Kyle Kendrick, p
1.) Gregor Blanco, cf
2.) Marco Scutaro, 2b
3.) Pablo Sandoval, 3b
4.) Buster Posey, c
5.) Hunter Pence, rf
6.) Brett Pill, 1b
7.) Roger Kieschnick, lf
8.) Brandon Crawford, ss
9.) Chad Gaudin, p
Gaudin has pitched in nine games against the Phillies dating back to 2008. His teams are 1-8 in those games. One player has faced the Giants' starter a lot during his career and has worn him out. Michael Young is 15 for 33 with three homers and seven RBIs.