Swarms of players are selected off waivers every offseason, but every so often we'll see a player get claimed more than once in a single winter. As our Transaction Tracker shows, four players were claimed off waivers on two different occasions since the end of the 2010 regular season. Let's review...
- Philip Humber, RHP: The former third overall pick in the draft (2004), the 28-year-old Humber is perhaps best known for being included in the package the Twins received from the Mets for Johan Santana in early-2008. The Athletics grabbed him off waivers from the Royals in mid-December after he'd been designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Jeff Francoeur. The White Sox then plucked him off waivers from the A's about a month later, after he'd been cut to make room for Guillermo Moscoso.
- Jordan Parraz, OF: The Red Sox started the chain reaction by claiming Parraz off waivers from the Royals in late-November, then the Yankees stepped in and grabbed him a few weeks later.
- Max Ramirez, C/1B: The Red Sox almost acquired Ramirez from the Rangers last offseason before Mike Lowell's finger injury nixed the deal, but Theo Epstein eventually got his man by selecting him off waivers from Texas in early-January. Ramirez had been DFA'd to make room on the Rangers' roster for Brandon Webb. A few days later, the Cubs grabbed Ramirez off waivers from Boston.
- Brian Schlitter, RHP: When the Cubs placed Carlos Zambrano on the restricted list last season, Schlitter was the pitcher called up from the minors to fill the vacated spot on the pitching staff. The Yankees claimed him off waivers from the north siders in early January, but lost him this week when the Phillies scooped him up. New York designated him for assignment to make room for Andruw Jones.