The MLB non-waiver trade deadline has now passed, but that doesn’t mean the wheeling and dealing is over with.
The month of August can be a boon for many contending teams still in search of a player who can help down the stretch and into October. The players just have to clear waivers first, and that’s not always a guarantee.
Many players will easily clear waivers because of the money still owed to them. Teams will not take on Vernon Wells, for example, who is still owed roughly $50 million. Teams might take a shot with certain impact players who are paid handsomely, provided they clear waivers and can negotiate an exchange of money along with the player to make his salary a bit more palatable.
In other cases, players simply have no future with their current teams and are placed on waivers. The case of Cody Ross in 2010 is a great example of that.
Ross was waived by the Florida Marlins and quickly claimed by the San Francisco Giants. Ross was huge for the Giants down the stretch and in the playoffs, proving to be a key figure as the Giants captured their first World Series championship in 56 years.
The waiver wire can yield results, but it’s the players who clear waivers that we’ll focus on for this particular piece. We will focus on the top 10 players who could clear waivers and be offered up for trade, and will rank the suitors from top to bottom for each particular player.