One of the interesting aspects of the waiver trade period during the month of August is that oftentimes, MLB teams will use the process to actually attempt to block other teams from trying to place a waiver claim.
It's all about gamesmanship, and with teams battling for playoff spots, it's just one bit of strategy that can often come into play.
I wrote an article earlier today about how the waiver trade period actually works, and cited an example of how teams go about successfully blocking a team from picking up a player that could help them down the stretch.
Such was the case of Jose Canseco in early August, 2000. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays placed Canseco on waivers. New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman feared that the Toronto Blue Jays, who were just a game behind the Yankees in the AL East at the time, might be inclined to place a claim on Canseco.
Cashman ended up placing a waiver claim himself, and the Yankees were awarded the claim on Aug. 7. Canseco was of no use to the Yankees, who already had several players in place ahead of Canseco, but Cashman nonetheless followed through with the express purpose of blocking the Blue Jays.
Not all teams can pull off a block like this, they generally need the payroll flexibility in order to pull it off, just in case they're actually stuck with the waiver claim and have to carry the player on their roster for the reminder of the season.
Here are six teams that have the financial bandwidth to successfully block a waiver transaction during the month of August.