MLB is investigating the unusually high number of waiver wire reports related to the Red Sox, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports. MLB has told the Red Sox that the organization is not under suspicion for leaking information.
In an otherwise quiet month for waiver news, there’s been a flood of Red Sox-related updates. Thanks to various reports we know Aaron Cook, Felix Doubront, and Andrew Miller, Daniel Bard, Mark Melancon, Clayton Mortensen, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Kelly Shoppach, Mike Aviles and Jacoby Ellsbury were all placed on waivers this month. Felix Doubront and Jon Lester were claimed on waivers, and waiver-related news surrounding Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, and Nick Punto surfaced before the players were traded to Los Angeles.
Teams and individuals who leak waiver-related information are subject to significant fines. Every team has access to the waiver wire, so any number of club or MLB officials could be responsible for the leaks. This summer’s Red Sox waiver news has been been reported by a number of reporters from various outlets.