After being designated for assignment by the Padres on Saturday, right-hander Edinson Volquez was placed on unconditional release waivers and can now be picked up by any team. The 30-year old will either be claimed off release waivers or will clear waivers and become a free agent, at which point he can sign with any team. According to Dennis Deitch of the Delaware County Daily Times, the Philadelphia Phillies are discussing the idea of signing Volquez for the remainder of the season.
Volquez did, in fact, make it through and was granted his release. Phillies have had discussions about him.— Dennis Deitch (@DennisDeitch) August 26, 2013
Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com writes that Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. confirmed the team's interest to the media, saying "we've talked about it internally".
The Phillies, who are working towards rebuilding after a disastrous 2013 season, are known to be willing to try out players who were let go by other teams in the last month of the season. As evidenced by the team's recent signing of outfielder Roger Bernardina, Philadelphia is using September to give players a chance to earn their spot on the 2014 roster.