Melky Cabrera may be on revocable waivers, but it doesn’t appear that the currently disabled outfielder will go any further than that.
The Toronto Blue Jays placed Cabrera on waivers this week, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported Friday.
In most cases, players placed on waivers in August do not change teams. In fact, teams often place a significant portion of their rosters on waivers as a matter of course.
There’s no harm in placing a player on waivers this month, since August waivers are revocable. This means teams can pull players back if they get claimed.
If a player passes through waivers unclaimed — the most likely outcome in Cabrera’s case — he can be traded to any MLB team.
Yet Cabrera, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list following Thursday’s game, has struggled on the field to the point that his $8 million salary doesn’t match his current performance.
Alex Anthopoulos clarifies "he wouldn't be surprised if Melky Cabrera had a torn meniscus rather than having one"
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) August 2, 2013
The 28-year-old is hitting .279/.322/.360 in 88 games with his new team, but spent the first three weeks of July on the disabled list. He has battled knee, hamstring and quadriceps soreness this year.
Cabrera served a 50-game suspension for violating MLB’s Joint Drug Agreement in 2012 before signing a two-year, $16 million contract with the Blue Jays. He is not expected to receive a suspension when MLB issues discipline for players linked to the now-defunct Biogenesis clinic.
MLB guards waiver leaks carefully, so players often hit the waiver wire unbeknownst to the public.