Though the non-waiver MLB trade deadline has come and gone, waiver trades are still able to go on until the end of the month. This is the time of year when non-playoff teams with high-priced players often place said player on waivers and if a team makes a claim on him, both sides attempt to work out a deal so that one squad may gain a star and another can dump some salary. It can get a bit messy, but some teams look all the better because of it.
This season, one name that has been tossed around quite a bit is that of Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano, who makes $19 million this season and has two years remaining on an eight-year, $136 million contract he signed with the team before the 2007 season. Though the seven-time All-Star has been decent this season, the Cubs are looking to get younger and more consistent, which means finding a buyer for the 36-year-old left fielder.
Still, that isn't to say that the only teams looking to make moves right now are ones with bad contracts. In other cases, some cellar-dwelling teams want to get younger and will dangle valuable and affordable pieces that contending teams would love to have. In either scenario, the market is anything but dry.