Time for my annual bitchy post about waivers!
EVERYONE GOES ON WAIVERS. EVERYONE. News sources might report that X player is on waivers, but that doesn’t mean the team is trying to dump them.
Lemme repeat: IT DOESN’T MEAN THE TEAM IS TRYING TO DUMP THEM. I HAVE ALREADY SEEN FREAKING OUT ABOUT THIS. IT HAPPENS EVERY YEAR. STOP IT.
Nevertheless, there may be some players the team would be happy to dump. These are usually obvious - like, Jason Bay. Mike Hampton, in the past. If a team claimed Jason Bay, I’m pretty sure the Mets would laugh eagerly and say “he’s yours now!” and push him off on that team, but EVERYBODY. GOES. ON. WAIVERS. They are not trying to get rid of most of the players.
So let’s go through what can happen with waiver claims!
1. A player clears waivers; this means no one claims them. It’s fairly safe to assume no one is going to want to take on A-Rod’s or Barry Zito’s contract. Once clear, the original team can work out a trade for them to go to any team, but this usually doesn’t happen.
2. A team claims Player X, but their team has no intention of trading that player. The team then pulls Player X back, and now Player X cannot be traded during the season.
3. A team claims Player X. Their original team would be interested in trading them or getting them off the team for whatever reason. That team can either work out a deal with the team that claimed Player X, or just dump Player X on that team if their contract is terrible or they’re setting fire to the clubhouse every day or whatever. (This is what happened with the White Sox/Blue Jays and Alex Rios in 2009.)
Still, as you see EVERY YEAR, there really aren’t that many significant pieces that change teams at this time. Almost all of the big deals take place at the deadline or in the offseason.
And again, EVERYONE. GOES. ON. WAIVERS. You will probably read that “(good and important player on your team) has gone on waivers!!!” in the next few days. DO NOT FREAK OUT. THIS IS NORMAL. KEEP CALM AND BASEBALL ON.
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GOD BLESS YOU, BEXY. Reblogging because I want everyone to understand this so we avoid the freakouts.