With the MLB trade deadline in the rearview mirror, teams are now looking at the trade waiver wire to stock their roster for an October run. And some of the names being dangled may surprise you.
The Toronto Sun is reporting that the Jays asked trade waivers on both Vernon Wells and John McDonald on Tuesday, and it’s unsure either would clear.
Wells, who just came off the disabled list after a hamstring injury, hit a grand slam in the third inning of Tuesday night’s 4-3 win in Detroit. When asked by Sportsnet about the waiver move, Wells claimed to know nothing of the decision. The centre fielder does have a no-trade clause in his seven-year, $126 million contract.
Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports.com told Sportsnet.ca that it is very unlikely that Wells would be claimed. As for McDonald, he conceivably could be claimed, but the Jays would then have to work out a trade that they considered fair. The Los Angeles Dodgers are a team rumoured to be in the hunt for a shortstop.
McDonald, a defensive specialist, is hitting .214 with 11 RBI this year.
According to Rosenthal, Seattle left-hander Jarrod Washburn and outfielder Raul Ibanez have been claimed by an unnnamed major league team. The Mariners have until 1:30 p.m. Thursday to work out a deal with those respective clubs.
Both Ibanez and Washburn were actively shopped at the trade deadline, with a deal that would have seen Ibanez land in Toronto falling apart at the last minute.
Ibanez, 36, is batting .287 with a .351 on-base percentage, 18 home runs and 80 RBIs. He is owed the remainder of his $5.5 million salary, and is eligible for free agency at the end of the season.
Players pass through waivers in the reverse order of the standings, with teams in the same league getting the first shot at a claim. It is not unusual for teams to place all players on waivers at this time of the year, mostly to gauge interest in each. After the July 31, non-waiver trade deadline teams can deal only players who have cleared.
Adam Dunn’s recent move to Arizona and Paul Byrd’s move to Boston were both examples of how the system works. Both cleared waivers and were then dealt to contenders.