Waiver trade deadline to be a dud
Most baseball executives expect that only a couple of bullpen and bench pieces will get moved before the waiver trade deadline at midnight tonight. Multiple major trades are unlikely, and certainly nothing will come close to the deal that sent
Productive or even semi-productive players with reasonable contracts were generally claimed this month off non-contending teams, and almost all of them are now blocked, leaving what executives describe as an unusually weak crop of available players. "It's not as very attractive list,'' one AL GM said. "Most guys got claimed, even guys making money.''
All the claiming may be an indicator that baseball is healthy economically. Part of it could also be due to a spate of aggressive young GMs. Ramirez was claimed by three teams despite having been on the disabled list three times this year and having close to $4 million left on his salary for the season.
One player moved before the deadline Tuesday was Mets outfielder
The better relievers on non-contenders, such as Toronto's
The starting market is weak, too, populated by pitchers with high salaries, such as
According to a list compiled by mlbtraderumors.com, these are a few of the players who cleared waivers and are eligible to be traded:
Many other players surely cleared, but execs still aren't expecting too much activity today.