Many players go on waivers in August because it is non-committal. If a player clears waivers, he can be traded. If a player is claimed, he can be pulled back, or traded or awarded to the claiming team.
Howard signed a five-year, $125 million deal in 2010, and will earn $25 million in 2015 and 2016. Howard is batting .215 with 16 home runs and 63 RBIs this season. Howard has a player option for 2017 that can be bought out for $10 million.
Burnett, who drew interest prior to the July 31 MLB non-waiver trading deadline, is 6-11 with a 4.16 ERA and 124 strikeouts this season.
- Sarah Barshop