Waiver Deadline Explanation!

By David Little  –  @DLittleMLB

So the trade deadline has passed (July 31st) and now we are in what is referred to “waiver deadline” part of the season. We will quickly, for those who may not be aware, explain what this means, then delve into how it impacts our team.

Before August 1st, teams are able to make trades freely, outside of draft picks, as they acquire talent and or prospects as well as cash, future considerations and even spending space on the international marker. We have seen the obvious impact this season with our big additions of Addison Reed and Eduardo “Babe” Nunez. But what happens once the non-waiver deadline has passed? Well, we go into the waiver period. Basically, after July 31st, a team must place a player on waivers if he is to be traded. But in doing so, any team may claim that player. The waiver works in reverse order based on losses, the worst team getting first dibs. If a team claims a player, the team who currently holds him has a couple of choices. You can arrange a trade for the player within two days, you can withdraw the player from waivers, or do nothing and allow him to go. You will not hear about who is placed on waivers as the teams don’t openly advertise that info, but teams will place almost everyone on waivers just to feel things out.

So let’s think about this. Let’s say we place David Price on waivers. If the Padres or whoever is the worst at the time claims him, Dave Dombrowski can either trade him to them, keep him, or let the Padres have him (oh please claim him). In that case the Padres would take over his contract, pay a waiver fee, and have to place him on their MLB roster (as well as deal with a punk for a few years). Wouldn’t this be optimal?

So then, how likely is this all to happen? Not very (right now). But everyone probably remembers the greatest trade, next to Babe leaving, in 2012. We trade Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford and their massive contracts, as well as Josh Beckett and Nick Punto for Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster, James Loney and Ivan De Jesus. It was a pure strategy move based on financial implications. It completely changed our financial situation, and allowed us to clear room to add the guys we needed to build my favorite Red Sox team of all time for the next season. (Duck Boats!) It was a massive deal, and you can see that big impact trades can certainly be made post non-waiver deadline.

The two names that get thrown around right now the most for the Red Sox post non-waiver deadline are Jay Bruce and Yonder Alonso. You see these names getting mentioned all over the net.  I personally am not a big fan of either coming here, but both could DH and fill in possibly at first and contribute. I honestly don’t think either is happening though, as we have had a huge boost in confidence from our players and their pesky style of play (more to come later on that).

This is the basic and speedy rundown of one of the more intricate features of the game we love. Keep your eyes peeled, as small names will definitely be moved, and you never know which big names could be moved. How awesome would it be to trade Price though? Thanks for reading and feel free to banter with me on twitter about it!

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