Waiver Trade Candidates: AL East

Last year, Ronnie Belliard, Jose Contreras, Jon Garland, Scott Kazmir, Jon Rauch, Billy Wagner, Bill Hall, Ivan Rodriguez, Aubrey Huff, Alex Gonzalez, David Weathers, Carl Pavano, Chad Gaudin, and Gregg Zaun were traded in August.  Alex Rios and Russ Springer also changed teams as waiver claims.  Here's our primer on the rules.  Let's take a look at candidates to be traded or claimed in 2010, starting with the AL East.

The Orioles traded Miguel Tejada and Will Ohman last week, but kept Ty Wigginton and Luke Scott.  Both could be moved, but the O's don't have an obvious replacement for Wigginton.  Scott is under team control through 2012, and dealing him in August would limit the trade talks to the one team winning the claim.  Jeremy Guthrie isn't going anywhere.  Kevin Millwood will probably clear waivers, as he's earning $12MM and has given up five earned runs in each of his last five starts.  Cesar Izturis could be dealt if the Orioles don't mind starting Julio Lugo at shortstop the rest of the year.  Mark Hendrickson has been better against lefties than Ohman or Javier Lopez; I'm surprised there wasn't more July interest.

The Red Sox discussed sending Mike Lowell to the Yankees via the Rangers on Friday, reported Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  Lowell would clear waivers, and Rosenthal feels that the Phillies, Rays, and Twins are potential matches.  The Sox seemed willing to part with Manny Delcarmen in July; he could be claimed by a non-contending AL team willing to tender him a contract for 2011.

If Nick Johnson somehow takes a positive turn and comes off the DL this month, perhaps the Yankees would look to move him.  Marcus Thames could be the odd man out with Austin Kearns now in the fold.

The Rays optioned Dioner Navarro to Triple A in June and could try to move the remainder of his $2.1MM salary.  Lance Cormier or Gabe Kapler could be dumped if the Rays find suitable replacements.

One Blue Jay certain to clear waivers is Vernon Wells, even though his power has returned this year.  Lyle Overbay is a reasonable trade candidate, though the Jays seemingly didn't get too far in July discussions.  Edwin Encarnacion already cleared waivers in June.  Brian Tallet has handled lefties well, and will probably clear waivers given his $2MM salary.  Scott Downs, Jason Frasor, Kevin Gregg, and John Buck will probably be retained for future draft pick compensation.

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