5 MLB Players Who Should Be Placed on Waivers, but Won't

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistAugust 8, 2013

5 MLB Players Who Should Be Placed on Waivers, but Won't

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    We are just eight days into the month of August and we have already seen a few key players placed on waivers.

    Plenty of big names like Dan Haren and Kyle Lohse have already been placed on the waiver wire since the month began, as noted via tweets from Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.

    While there is still plenty of time left in the month for teams to put their players on the waiver wire, some players will not even make it there.

    Here are five players that should be placed on the waiver wire, but will not be by the time August concludes.

Delmon Young

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    Delmon Young is one of the few players that the Philadelphia Phillies have not placed on waivers this month.

    While Jimmy Rollins and Michael Young have already cleared waivers, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the outfielder has not seen his name put up on the waiver wire yet.

    The Phillies have plenty of reasons to put the sometimes overweight veteran on waivers, including the ongoing development of Darin Ruf and Domonic Brown in the corner outfield positions.

    Unfortunately for the Phillies and their beleaguered outfielder, it is unlikely that any ballclub will want to bring aboard the troubled 27-year-old, who has hit just eight home runs and driven in 31 runs in 79 games this season.

Carlos Ruiz

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    It may seem a bit unfair to pick on the Phillies here, but they are a team in the midst of a transition process.

    The Phillies' veteran catcher and cult hero in the City of Brotherly Love, Carlos Ruiz, is one of the many curious cases on the roster at the moment.

    Ruiz is out of a contract at the end of this season and with a trio of catching prospects waiting in the wings to take over his starting role; it is almost a sure bet that he will not be back in Philly next season.

    The Phillies could opt to put the 34-year-old backstop on the waiver wire, but at this point in his career, the man they love to call "Chooch" just does not have a market out there for him.

Oliver Perez

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    Left-handed Seattle Mariners reliever Oliver Perez could have been a top trade commodity in July, but instead he is still playing in the Pacific Northwest as of now.

    Perez, who has a 3.10 ERA with a 2-3 record this season, would be a strong addition to any bullpen down the stretch run.

    However, a hitch in Perez's potential departure from Safeco Field could occur this month with right-hander Tom Wilhelmsen being sent down to the minors earlier this week.

    With the Mariners' need to have an experienced arm still in the bullpen, Perez could be left in Seattle for the rest of the season to help along some of the young arms in the 'pen like Carter Capps and Brandon Maurer.

Howie Kendrick

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    Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick is at a bit of a crossroads in his season right now.

    After being touted as trade bait in July, Kendrick could have easily found his way to the waiver wire in August.

    To make matters worse, the 30-year-old limped off of the diamond on Monday night with a knee injury.

    A report from Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times concluded that Kendrick will be evaluated in the next few days in regard to his health.

    With a roughed-up knee and little interest from elsewhere, it is likely that Kendrick will stay off of the waiver wire this month.

Justin Morneau

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    Just like the other names on this list, Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau was a hot name on the trade market.

    Morneau is far from the player he was during his prime years from 2005 to 2009, and that is one of the few reasons why he is not viewed as an attractive pickup on the waiver wire.

    The 32-year-old Canadian also has a lack of playoff experience, which could scare off some potential employers.

    Another factor going against Morneau is that he will be a free agent at the end of this season.

    Any potential suitor of Morneau would balk at the thought of conceding a prospect or two for the first baseman when they can pick him up on the free-agent market this winter.