MLB Waiver Trade Deadline 2014: Breaking Down the 8 Best Arms

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MLB Waiver Trade Deadline 2014: Breaking Down the 8 Best Arms
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Bartolo Colon may have already made his last start with the New York Mets.

MLB teams can never have enough pitching. Although the trade deadline has faded deep out of sight, clubs may still make moves through the waiver system to obtain a helping arm before the playoffs begin.

Once a player is placed on revocable trade waivers, all the other 29 teams have a 48-hour window to make a bid. The squad with the highest priority (based on reverse standings) receives the exclusive rights to negotiate with a team, unless the other party pulls its player off waivers.

If every other organization is too distracted by The Simpsons marathon and he clears waivers, the player can be shopped freely throughout the league. It's a teasing process, as many big names clear waivers, only for nothing to materialize.

Last week, I took a look at the best hitters who escaped waivers unclaimed. Since any players acquired after August 31 are ineligible to partake in the postseason for their new club, let's now shift our attention to the mound.

Be warned, these are the pitchers who were confirmed to get placed on waivers. It's possible other names are clandestinely floating between the cracks without our knowledge. 

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