Making Sense Of MLB’s Waiver System

Many MLB fans are still confused when it comes to how baseball’s trade waiver system works but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. 

MLB’s trade waiver deadline is just a few days away and it is very possible the Yankees could be making a move or two. However, many fans are still confused by the whole process, so we are going to do our best to explain it to you.

So, once a player is placed on waivers, it gives other teams the ability to submit a claim on him. If more than one team submits a claim, those in the same league as that player’s team get first priority based on their record.

Then, the priority moves to the other league, starting with the worst record. For example, if a National League team puts a player on waivers, the NL team with the worst record gets the first shot at him, and the last-place American League club would be right behind the top NL club.

Once a player is claimed, his team is then faced with three options. They can either pull the player back and keep him, negotiate a trade with the claiming team or let the player go. In the last scenario, the claiming team takes full responsibility for the player’s remaining salary. If the two sides decide to work out a trade, they have a two-day window.

If a player goes unclaimed for two days, he passes through waivers. His team can then trade him to any team they work out a deal with and the waiver rules go out the window.

Huge deals have gone down past July 31. One of the biggest deals that went down was a deal between the Dodgers and the Red Sox on August 26, 2012, when Boston sent Adrain Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett to Los Angeles.

Also, last year, the Astros acquired Justin Verlander from the Tigers in exchange for three top-ten prospects. Wavier deals are deals that can help a team fill in a spot that they could not fill before July 31 and can help a team push to win it all.

So now that you are aware of the rules of the waiver deadline, stay tuned for any moves the Yankees could potentially make.

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