Tuesday August 5th, 2014

Several of the veteran players the New York Yankees placed on waivers have cleared, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Outfielder Brett Gardner, utilityman Martin Prado and infielder Stephen Drew all cleared waivers, meaning they are free to be traded to any team in the majors, if the Yankees so choose. 

The 30-year-old Gardner is having a career season, hitting .286 with a .468 slugging percentage and 15 home runs. He signed a four-year, $52 million deal with the Yankees that kicks in next season. 

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The Yankees acquired Prado in a trade deadline deal for minor leaguer Peter O'Brien. The nine-year veteran is hitting .270 this year and has played third base, second base and right field this season. 

Drew was acquired in a deadline deal with the Boston Red Sox, and is a free agent at the end of the season. The former first-round pick is batting .179 in 161 plate appearances on the season, and has shifted from shortstop to second base since joining New York. 

Not every Yankee cleared waivers. New York sent left-handed reliever Matt Thornton to the Washington Nationals, who put in a claim on him, reportedly saving the Yankees $4 million this season. 

- Alex Hampl 

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