Five Difference-Making Waiver Claims

No one can compete with Cesar Carrillo when it comes to waiver claims. The former first rounder was claimed three times within two weeks this month, so he's approaching waiver claim Hall of Fame territory. Here are five other waiver claims that made a difference this season:

  • White Sox Claim Manny Ramirez, August 31st, 2010 – Ramirez has been getting on base, but he has just one extra base hit since joining the White Sox. GM Kenny Williams was hoping for a repeat of Manny's 2008 surge, but he didn't get it and Chicago won't make the playoffs.
  • Dodgers Claim Rod Barajas, August 22nd, 2010 – Barajas has an .882 OPS since joining the Dodgers, but it won't be enough to lead the team back to the playoffs. The catcher did his part when the team was in contention, hitting three homers in his first five games as a Dodger.
  • Pirates Claim Chris Resop, August 4th, 2010 – The Pirates bought low on Resop and he has responded with 17.2 solid innings; he has walked 5.1 batters per nine, but also has a 2.04 ERA and 10.7 K/9 in Pittsburgh.
  • Astros Claim Nelson Figueroa, July 21st, 2010 – The 36-year-old Figueroa pitched 54.1 innings for the Astros after GM Ed Wade claimed him from his former team, the Phillies. The right-hander posted a 3.98 ERA with 7.5 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9 for Houston.
  • Indians Claim Jayson Nix, June 24th, 2010 – Nix has played second, third and left for the Indians and though he doesn't get on base much, he has hit 11 homers for the Tribe.


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17 Comments on "Five Difference-Making Waiver Claims"


4 years 11 months ago

Manny is DONE… but someone will offer him a contract next season. Not what Borass will want though… Manny will be lucky to get 2 mil with incentives, and probably NOT from a contending team….

$1742854
4 years 11 months ago

Uh, pretty much sure that Manny made absolutely NO difference for the Sox. The Twins dominated him, just like they’ve dominated the Sux for the last two years. Hang ’em up Man Ram.

TwinsVet
4 years 11 months ago

I’d argue we dominated the Sox for the past decade 😉

pdxmiles
4 years 11 months ago

Uh…. 2005…..

4 years 11 months ago

None of these players made a difference in anything…at all.

bucco_nation
4 years 11 months ago

I’m a big Resop fan, wouldn’t mind seeing him get a shot at the rotation next year.

Ian_Smell
4 years 11 months ago

Same here. He’s pretty much been one of the Pirates’ best pitchers. He’s better than the garbage of Steven Jackson and Wil Ledezma.

icedrake523
4 years 11 months ago

Has Nelson Figueroa criticized the Phillies yet?

Backup_Slider
4 years 11 months ago

You kids should add a “Cesar Carrillo Transactions” hyperlink under the MLBTR Features header at the right side of the web page. I’d put it right before “Scott Boras Clients”.

4 years 11 months ago

non of these made any difference. Try a deal like Fuentes to the twins.

Jason_F
4 years 11 months ago

Just so happens that Fuentes was traded and the title of this piece specifically states “Waiver Claims.”

Hermie13
4 years 11 months ago

Nix was a decent pickup for the Tribe. Actually has hit nearly as many HRs as Jhonny Peralta this year…..in way fewer at-bats.

Hope the Tribe does something else at 3B to start next year…but Nix is not a horrible stop-gap for Chisenhall.

89Orioles
4 years 11 months ago

Manny is a complaining fool. I hope he calls it quits, but im sure he wont

4 years 11 months ago

Burrell.

slr5607
4 years 11 months ago

Burrell has made the biggest impact of all claimed player. Look at this guy’s stats since joining the Giants. With the addition of the Rookie of The Year Buster Posey and Pat Burrell, the Giants have a respectable offense.

Backup_Slider
4 years 11 months ago

Eee’s naht a wayvah claym.

damnitsderek
4 years 11 months ago

Seeing as how none of these teams are making the playoffs, I don’t see how much of a difference they really made when it comes to the bigger picture.