Balls, Sticks, & Stuff has been a consistent defender of Ed Wade's efforts to improve the Phillies and point out the obstacles in his way here (possibly premature), here, and here. Perhaps his only flaw is his insistence on sticking with Larry Bowa ever since October of 2003. Today, BS & S has learned that another obstacle can be added to the list: waivers. According to Jerry Crasnick at ESPN.com, the Phillies had recently struck a waiver deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks to acquire Danny Bautista. Unfortunately, an unnamed team claimed him and Arizona exercised their right to pull Bautista back off of waivers, thereby terminating the deal.