Now that the trade deadline has passed, let the trades begin!
That’s right. Once more teams fall out of contention, you can expect another set of trades and it’s quite possible the Yankees could pick up a reliever.
The catch is that any player traded must first clear waivers.
Here is how it works:
If a player goes unclaimed, he can be traded to any team.
If one team claims a player, he can be traded only to that team.
If two or more teams claim a player, the team with the worst record in the playerâ€™s league can make the trade.
If a player is claimed and his team does not actually want to trade him, he is taken off waivers. But that process can only happen once.
Starting soon, you will read stories about how Player X or Player Y were placed on waivers. It means nothing. Every team in baseball will place virtually all of their players on waivers in the hopes of sliding one or two through.
Low-salaried players rarely sneak through. But an older, expensive player could. That’s how the Yankees ended up with Jose Canseco in 2000.
In most cases, teams block players from going to fellow contenders. But it’s possible somebody like Pirates reliever Damaso Marte could become available.