1 Player Every MLB Contender Should Target Before the Waiver Deadline

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1 Player Every MLB Contender Should Target Before the Waiver Deadline
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Jonathan Papelbon will likely earn $39 million over the next three seasons, making him a prime waiver candidate.

With the 2013 non-waiver deadline now a thing of the past, teams still looking to acquire talent via the trade route now face a bit of a hurdle.

A player can now only be traded once he has successfully gone unclaimed on waivers. And after August 31, any player acquired via trade is not eligible for the postseason.

Teams often place players on waivers that they even intend on keeping—just to get a pulse check on their value. But for impending free agents and big-salaried veterans, especially, the waiver deadline sometimes becomes a haven for contending teams to add talent at a far reduced cost.

Below is one player that every MLB contender should target before the waiver deadline.

 

All statistics (through July 31) and are courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.com, respectively.

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