According to Jim Salisbury a major league source has indicated that the Phillies have put LHP Andy Oliver on waivers. Oliver, a former second round pick, was the second of two Phillies Rule 5 picks this past year. Oliver has shown huge control problems in the past (BB/9 the past three seasons of 6.7, 8.1, and 6.6) that have offset what is a plus fastball and plus slider. For much of this spring training Oliver has shown his good side with 21 strikeouts over 12 innings, with often overpowering stuff. However, twice in the past week and a half, Oliver has had 2 outings where he has shown the complete inability to throw a strike, bringing his spring walk total to 10. Ultimately, Oliver’s future is as a LOOGY, and right now given their lack of playoff aspirations the Phillies have little need to have a bullpen spot taken up by situational pitcher. This would leave Jake Diekman as the only left handed reliever in the bullpen, though Elvis Araujo is a short trip away.
If Oliver is indeed on waivers, every team in baseball will get a chance to claim him. If no team claims him, the Pirates will get a chance to take him back for $25,000. If not the Phillies could outright him to AAA. There is also room for the Pirates to claim him and trade him to the Phillies. This move opens up another spot on the Phillies 40 man roster which stands at 36, and could go to 35 if Mario Hollands is moved to the 60 day DL, so there are likely future moves to come.