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Saturday, August 07, 2004

Larry Walker Traded

I guess he must have cleared waivers. By the way, from what I understand, a waiver is generally described as clearance for a MLB team to either assign a player to the minor leagues or trade a player, granted only after all other clubs have been given the opportunity to claim the player and have not done so. Players generally with 3 years of experience (or fewer who have run out of options) must clear waivers before any of this can happen.

The trade deadline complicates this somewhat. After the July 31 trade deadline, players must “clear waivers” in order to be traded, sent to the minors, etc. A player will clear waivers if he has not been claimed by another team after three business days following the date waivers were requested. Teams, especially non-contenders, sometimes put their entire roster on the waiver wire.

the process invloves sending MLB a list of the players you are requesting to put on waivers. At this point every MLB team has a shot of "claiming" him. If nobody claims the player he clears waivers.

If a player does get claimed, that does not mean that he will change teams. If a team cliams a player it means they will assume his contract without renegotiation. however if a waiver claim is made the offering club can simply retract the waiver request as if it never existed. So if a player does not clear waivers, that means another team has claimed him. But if a player clears waivers, that means that every other team took a pass on the player and his contract.

Players like Larry Walker, old and with a high paying 3 year deal will almost always clear waivers. That way a trade can take place like it did today, where the trading team, the Rockies, assumes some of the Salary burden for the next three years.

You will notice that St Louis traded three minor leaguers in the deal. Those players did not have to clear waivers.

Sometimes teams get really screwed on their waiver wire activity. For example in 1998 the San Diego Padres claimed reliever randy Myers off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays so that the Giants or Dodgers could not trade for him. He was old with a huge contract and he succcckkkkkked. Plus with Trevor Hoffman they did not really need him to close, but they just wanted to prevent other teams from acquiring him. Turns out they just should have passed.


  • John Kerry, massive liar...

    " remember Christmas of 1968 sitting on a gunboat in Cambodia. I remember what it was like to be shot at by the Vietnamese and Khmer Rouge and Cambodians, and have the president of the United States telling the American people that I was not there; the troops were not in Cambodia. I have that memory which is seared--seared--in me.

    DRUDGE has learned from the accounts of Swift Boat officers and Kerry’s crewmembers that Kerry was never in Cambodia. UNFIT FOR COMMAND authors charge that Kerry made it all up.

    “Despite the dramatic memories of his Christmas in Cambodia, Kerry’s statements are complete lies,” according to John O’Neil, co-author and the Swift Boat commander who took over Kerry’s boat. “Kerry was never in Cambodia during Christmas 1968, or at all during the Vietnam War. . . . he was more than fifty miles away from Cambodia.”

    Kerry was stationed at Coastal Division 13 in Cat Lo. Coastal Division 13’s patrol areas extended to Sa Dec, about 55 miles from the Cambodian border. . . . Tom Anderson, Commander of River Division 531, who was in charge of PBRs (small river patrol crafts] confirmed that there were no Swifts anywhere in the area and they would have been stopped had they appeared.

    All the living commanders in Kerry’s chain of command . . . deny that Kerry was ever ordered to Cambodia. They indicate that Kerry would have been seriously disciplined or court-martialed had he gone there. At least three of the five crewmen on Kerry’s boat, Bill Zaldonis, Steven Hatch, and Steve Gardner, deny that they or their boat were ever in Cambodia. "

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 8, 2004 at 8:11 PM  

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