It is fairly common that teams will put some of their big-name players on waivers in August without the intention of eventually trading them. That could be exactly what the San Diego Padres are doing with Edinson Volquez.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Volquez has been placed on waivers. The Padres can now gauge interest that other teams around the league have in him.
While Volquez is only 8-9 with a 4.18 ERA this season, he would still be an intriguing trade target for a number of contenders. San Diego may be open to dealing him, because he is a free agent after the 2013 season and he could bring back prospects that could help them in the near future.