Back to California for Adrian Gonzalez?
With all the talk about Adrian Gonzalez being claimed off of waivers by the Dodgers, and the talk of a possible blockbuster trade (including the albatross contracts of Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett...?), I thought it might be a good time to go over the actual rules and customs regarding waiver trades.
- After July 31st, all trades must be done through waivers, and if these players aren't acquired by August 31st, they are not eligible to play in the postseason.
- Teams can put any players on waivers, and they do not need to tell the players in question.
- Once a player is on waivers, other teams have 48 hours to put a claim in on that player.
- If multiple teams put in a claim, the team with the worst record in the league the player is currently on. If no teams from that league make a claim, the player goes to the team with the worst record in the other league.
- Once a player is claimed, their team has three options:
- They can pull the player back. If this happens, he cannot be traded for 30 days.
- They can work out a trade with the team that claimed him. Other players in the trade must also pass through waivers UNLESS they are not currently on a 40-man roster.
- They can simply give the player to the other team, getting nothing in return, but the new team must pay the player's remaining salary.
- If no one claims the player, he can be traded to any team in the league.
Stay tuned for further updates if/when the trade develops.