August 12th, 2008

How the waiver process works

As many have so aptly described in the comments section of a previous post, placing a player on waivers at this time of year (say, Gary Sheffield, according to an report) is a procedural move that teams do with several players. It allows teams to see if there’s any interest in players, and to see whether a trade is feasible. It does NOT mean that a player is about to get claimed on waivers, though they have 48 hours to do so once a player goes on there. In Sheffield’s case, a claim is not going to happen, not with Sheffield under contract for $14 million next year. The truer test would be if any team would want to trade for Sheffield, a .219 hitter whose average has barely budged since coming off the disabled list. That’s also unlikely, given that — again — he’s under contract for next year.

Tuesday: Tigers vs. Blue Jays

Been busy with Freddy Garcia and Dontrelle Willis stuff. Sorry for the delay.

TIGERS (58-60)

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Guillen, 3B
  4. Ordonez, RF
  5. Cabrera, 1B
  6. Joyce, LF
  7. Sheffield, DH
  8. Renteria, SS
  9. Inge, C

BLUE JAYS (60-59)

  1. Joe Inglett, 2B
  2. Marco Scutaro, 3B
  3. Alex Rios, RF
  4. Vernon Wells, CF
  5. Matt Stairs, DH
  6. Rod Barajas, C
  7. Adam Lind, LF
  8. Lyle Overbay, 1B
  9. John McDonald, SS