More digging/stuff on Bour:
Per Salisbury, Bour is still on the roster:
The additions left the Phillies’ 40-man roster at 38. Justin Bour remains on the roster even though multiple sources say he has cleared waivers.
Salisbury reported last Wednesday that the Phils has asked waivers on Bour. Per ML Rule 10:
If that request was submitted before 2 pm on Wednesday, the claiming period would have expired at 1 pm on Friday last.
If that request was submitted after 2 pm, the claiming period would have expired at 1 pm yesterday (Monday).
Salisbury now reports that Bourn has cleared waivers (per multiple sources).
Under Rule 10, the waiver expires seven days from the time the waiver was granted (either last Friday or yesterday-Monday afternoon), at 1 pm EST. But the Phillies aren't required to outright Bour, even though they apparently got him through outright waivers. They could just choose to let the waiver expire. I don't see why they would go through such a process, though; but there may be some reason why they're delaying actually outrighting him. Again, though, I don't see why - given that no club was willing to submit a waiver claim (and take Bour's contract essentially for free), I can't imagine he can be traded - nobody's going to give value for something they didn't want for free.
I earlier wrote:
Upon further reading, this isn't the only relevant part of the CBA. Notwithstanding what Article XIX (above) says, Article XX.D says that any player with three years service time can elect free agency in lieu of accepting an outright assignment, as can any player who is outrighted more than one time.
I'm not certain, but it seems to me that the way these clauses work together is that a player with three years service time can elect free agency instead of an outright assignment; a player with five years service time can also refuse the outright assignment without electing free agency - e.g., without terminating his current contract. Such a refusal might lead to the player's release - but he'd likely still be getting paid.
In any event, all this means that Bour can elect free agency rather than accept an outright assignment - and likely will.
When the Phils get around to outrighting him, that is!