Players Who Have Cleared Revocable Waivers

MLBTR will continue to update this post as players reportedly clear revocable trade waivers, making it a running list of players that may be traded to any club in the season’s final two months. Remember though, players must be acquired by Aug. 31 to be eligible for their new team’s postseason roster. Click here for a further explanation of the August waiver and trade rules. Also bear in mind that a player’s no-trade rights remain effective even if he clears waivers. Player names are linked to the source articles, and this article can always be found under the MLBTR Features portion of the sidebar on the right side of the page.

Last Updated: 8-26-2014

  • Trevor Cahill, Diamondbacks — Still owed $12.8MM (including the buyout of two successive club options after next season) on a no-longer-attractive contract, Cahill remains a somewhat intriguing option at just 26 years of age. Though he owns just a 4.54 ERA over 83 1/3 innings on the year, including his first significant stretch of bullpen work, Cahill actually sports a career-best 3.72 FIP.
  • Scott Feldman, Astros — In the first year of a front-loaded $30MM contract, Feldman was owed roughly $20.36MM through the 2016 season at the time he reportedly cleared waivers. He’s missed a coupled weeks with biceps tendinitis in 2014 but been healthy otherwise and soaked up some innings with a reasonable 4.37 ERA (through Aug. 25) for Houston. He’s not an elite arm, but he could have appeal to a team in need of solid innings, particularly if Astros GM Jeff Luhnow were to sweeten the deal with some cash.
  • Bartolo Colon, Mets — The 41-year-old Colon was guaranteed $12.77MM through 2015 at the time he cleared waivers on Aug. 25. He’s pitched to a 3.82 ERA in 167 1/3 innings, more than justifying the commitment that the Mets made to him as a free agent. Colon’s age will scare off some contenders, but he looks the part of an effective starter, and with one year at $11MM remaining after the season, his salary isn’t exorbitant.
  • Yu Darvish, Rangers — It is somewhat hard to imagine that Darvish’s current DL stint for elbow inflammation would be enough to scare away other clubs from the outstanding righty. He has produced stellar results (3.06 ERA with 11.3 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 over 144 1/3 innings on the year), only just turned 28, and is guaranteed a modest $31MM over the next three seasons (though the last year could turn into a player option). The likelier possibility, perhaps, is that other clubs felt it would not be possible to achieve a deal, especially while he is out of action to have his elbow looked at.
  • Adrian Beltre, Rangers — If anything, the lack of a claim on Beltre is more surprising (if only because of Darvish’s injury situation). The 35-year-old is in the midst of a typically outstanding year, with a .318/.373/.498 slash with 17 home runs and excellent defense. He is owed $34MM over the next two years, which is a large sum given his age. But that is a bargain for his production, and the $16MM salary for 2016 has injury protections built in.
  • Elvis Andrus, Rangers — That Andrus was left unclaimed could represent something of a statement on the league’s view of his contract. His eight-year, $120MM extension (which includes both opt-out and vesting option provisions) is set to go into effect next season. Just 25, Andrus has not produced offensively either this year or last (.271/.326/.337 cumulative line), and his high-level defense and baserunning are probably not enough on their own to justify his pay level.
  • Shin-Soo Choo, Rangers — Choo has thus far failed to live up to the seven-year, $130MM deal that brought him to Texas. He owns a .241/.341/.371 slash in that contract’s first year, with 12 home runs and just three stolen bases. While there is time for Choo to rebound, he is promised far too much future cash ($116MM) for another team to have placed a claim.
  • Jon Niese, Mets — It’s a bit surprising that teams would let a controllable, highly affordable arm like Niese clear waivers. He’s owed about $1.34MM through season’s end (as of his clearing on Aug. 11) and is guaranteed $7MM in 2015 and $9MM in 2016. Niese’s deal contains a $10MM club option for 2017 and $11MM club option for 2018, each with a $500K buyout. He’s not an ace, but he’s a reliable mid-rotation arm that is on the verge of finishing his third season with a sub-3.75 ERA. The asking price will be sky-high — justifiably so — making a trade unlikely.
  • Curtis Granderson, Mets — The Grandy Man has recovered from a slow start to post strong numbers since May 1 (.258/.360/.447 from May 1 through Aug. 11), but the odds of a team taking on the roughly $50MM he has remaining on his deal are slim. It also would set a poor precedent with future free agents if the Mets issued a four-year deal, only to trade him in the first year of the contract. Don’t expect a trade.
  • Ian Desmond, Nationals — That Desmond would clear is surprising, but it’s likely that the other 29 clubs knew that GM Mike Rizzo wouldn’t deal his shortstop in the midst of a playoff push anyway. Desmond is earning $6.5MM in 2014 and $11MM in 2015 before being eligible for free agency, so he’d have plenty of trade value. An in-season trade would be shocking, however, with the Nats fighting for a division title.
  • Gio Gonzalez, Nationals — Gonzalez is controlled relatively cheaply through the 2018 season ($23MM guaranteed through 2016 plus a pair of $12MM options), making it a virtual lock that he’s not going anywhere prior to season’s end. With four years of control, he could fetch a haul in the offseason, but teams are rarely willing to move an established starter with that type of control. He’s extremely likely to be a National again in 2015.
  • Kevin Correia, Twins — The Twins sent Correia through waivers at the beginning of the month, as he had reportedly already cleared by the time the Dodgers acquired him on Aug. 9. The Dodgers are on the hook for the remaining $1.5MM on his contract, and he’ll be a free agent at season’s end.
  • Alex Rios, Rangers — Rios is owed roughly $3.62MM through season’s end (as of Aug. 7) as well as a $1MM buyout on next year’s $13.5MM club option. While he’s enjoyed a decent season at the plate, a good deal of his slugging percentage comes from a high number of triples, rather than his usual contribution of double-digit home runs. ESPN’s Buster Olney tweeted that teams are wary of Rios’ declining home run power, so the Rangers have some obstacles in trying to work out a trade for their right fielder.
  • Jonathan Papelbon, Phillies — Papelbon cleared waivers on Aug. 6, to the surprise of very few, given the fact that he is owed $13MM in 2015 and has a vesting option for the 2016 season. Papelbon’s ERA and K/BB numbers remain appealing, but he’s survived with an abnormally low BABIP while seeing his average fastball velocity diminish to 91.4 mph. He has a limited no-trade clause but has said he’d waive those rights to join a contender. Philadelphia would have to eat some salary in order to facilitate a deal, however.
  • Matt Kemp, Dodgers — Though Kemp has shown flashes of returning to his prior form at the plate, he is owed too much money after this year ($107MM) and comes with too many questions (injuries, defense) to warrant a claim. In any event, the Dodgers seem disinclined to trade him.
  • Andre Ethier, Dodgers — If any Dodgers outfielder were to move, Ethier might be the likeliest option, but a .672 OPS won’t be appealing to interested parties. Even less appealing, however, will be the $56MM he is guaranteed following the 2014 season. That number could rise even further as well, as 550 PA in 2017 would trigger a $17.5MM vesting option ($2.5MM buyout). Clearly, L.A. would have to pay a significant portion of Ethier’s salary to move him, as his production in 2014 has been near or below replacement level (depending on your preferred version of WAR).
  • Carl Crawford, Dodgers — The 33-year-old Crawford may be even more untradeable for the Dodgers, as he’s owed $62.5MM beyond the 2014 season and is hitting just .236/.271/.341 in what has been an injury-riddled season. The Dodgers have motivation to move at least one of their overpriced outfielders, with top prospect Joc Pederson likely ready to make the move to the Majors, but they’ll be hard-pressed to do so.
  • Josh Beckett, Dodgers — Owed a much more reasonable $4.73MM (as of Aug. 5), Beckett is a more desirable commodity for interested parties. However, he’s currently occupying a slot in L.A.’s rotation, and he’s produced a surprisingly excellent 2.88 ERA with 8.3 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9 in 112 innings this season. The contending Dodgers don’t seem likely to deal from their rotation depth. The loss of Paul Maholm to a torn ACL has already weakened their rotation depth.
  • Brett Gardner, Yankees — Gardner is owed $50MM from 2015-18, and the Yankees weren’t likely to have given any serious consideration to dealing him anyhow. The speedster has shown more power than ever this season and has been New York’s most valuable position player. He’s staying put.
  • Martin Prado, Yankees — Owed $11MM in 2015 and in 2016, Prado’s salary and struggles with the bat have combined to offset a great deal of the value his versatility provides to his team. The Yankees acquired Prado just minutes before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, so it seems unlikely that they’d move him this quickly.
  • Stephen Drew, Yankees — Drew is owed about $4.24MM from Aug. 5 through season’s end, making it unsurprising that a team neglected to claim him on waivers. His bat showed some life in July and in early August, but the impending free agent’s overall numbers are pretty woeful. Another two or three weeks of solid offense could make him a trade candidate if the Yankees fall out of the playoff picture, however.

Note: This is not a complete list of all players to have cleared revocable waivers. Many players are placed on waivers and pass through unclaimed without ever going reported. This is merely a list of the names that have reportedly cleared waivers according to major media outlets around the game.

34 Responses to Players Who Have Cleared Revocable Waivers Leave a Reply

  1. Douglas Rau 12 months ago

    So everyone is either A) too expensive and bad for anyone to want or B) too valuable to his current club to be traded.

  2. RBIBaseball 12 months ago

    I’m surprised that no one claimed Gardner. It doesn’t hurt, it’s not like the yankees were going to give him away.

    • John Cate 12 months ago

      There was no point in doing that. The Yankees aren’t going to trade him, and if you go claiming people just for the heck of it, the team you do that to is going to pay you back in kind at some point.

  3. PhillyYank 12 months ago

    Why would the Yankees place Gardner on revocable waivers at all if they have no plans to deal him? Is Cashman really that bored? Gardner has been one of their best players — he is having a career year.

    • RBIBaseball 12 months ago

      Sometimes GMs put guys on waivers just to gauge interest. Yanks did that with Cano a few years back. He was claimed and was pulled back immediately.

    • Zack Sheffield 12 months ago

      If I’m not mistaken, the fact that he has now cleared waivers means that he can be freely traded with any team until the waiver-trade deadline. Not that they’re remotely likely to move him (that is to say, nobody is remotely likely to offer the kind of return it would take to move him), but it’s not uncommon for teams to post just about everybody to revocable waivers because anybody who makes it through can then be part of open-ended discussions during the month of August.

    • Mark 12 months ago

      So they can move him if they were overwhelmed with like Tulo…Yankee fans can dream 😛

      • SCarton12 12 months ago

        Exactly, Gardner is really the same player as Jacoby, but cheaper and worth something in a trade.

    • James 12 months ago

      Gardner is also 30 on a team that is held together with bubble gum.

  4. Would be awesome for Seattle to land Matt Kemp.
    Wouldn’t hurt to see what L.A.D really wanted for him and how much salary they would dump, if any.
    If Kemp was a FA this year and he wanted 5 years $107… I think they should have. (not my money!)

    • northsfbay 12 months ago

      The Mariners didn’t claim Kemp.

      • Eric Christensen 12 months ago

        Right, but now they can trade for him. That’s the point of clearing waivers in August. If they would have claimed him, the Dodgers could have just said have him and his $107 million salary.

        • BlueSkyLA
          BlueSkyLA 12 months ago

          The biggest reality-based problem with that is Kemp’s batting line over the last month: .329/.420/.586/1.005

          Nobody trades that kind of performance unless they are not in contention and not especially at the fire sale prices that are being suggested.

    • Brabender 12 months ago

      Kemp is way overpaid and not worth the problems. I’d have to question his heart. Probably not a good fit for a young team.

  5. KCMOWHOA 12 months ago

    So the Yankees are basically renting some guys and already gauging interest in the event they don’t grab a wild card. Class organization over there.

  6. Patrick the Pragmatist 12 months ago

    The Yankees farm system is so bad that the waiver deal fringe prospect(s) they might get for Drew could be an upgrade. Maybe they hope to get an offer better than the guy they gave up (Peter O’Brien) from a desperate team for Prado.

    • James 12 months ago

      It could also be to open up options. Today they will pass through, but if a contending team all of the sudden has their 2b/SS get hurt, they have more value. They are also easier to trade once they are through.
      If Jed Lowrie got hurt tommorrow, who would replace him? If JJ Hardy got hurt, who would replace him? I know this is speculation, but this makes Prado and Drew valuable again in another trade if they all the sudden get in demand again.

  7. Garyth 12 months ago

    Any news on Phillies revocable waivers?

  8. So why wouldn’t you just put all of your players on waivers, and just pull back everyone who gets claimed?

    • DodgerBlue83 12 months ago

      Some teams actually do that. Others don’t do it because they either feel there is no point, or don’t want to offend their players.

      • NRD1138 12 months ago

        I hear that, but maybe some teams should do it to wake up their players. I get you do not want to offend, but some teams have a lot of dead weight clogging up their systems that needs to go (in which case upsetting them is the least of your worries). and maybe such a move would wake up some players too.

      • Chuck 12 months ago

        As far as offending players goes, if you put you ENTIRE team through the waiver wire, no one in particular can (or maybe I should say “should”) get offended. And why not do that? You pull back anyone you don’t really want to trade (or just release) if you don’t get a good enough offer.

        • James 12 months ago

          Most players understand this is a business. It also does not mean they are a bad player, it means they are overpaid. The reason the stros did not put anyone on waivers- suprise non of their players are overpaid.

  9. NRD1138 12 months ago

    Is Rick Hahn apparently as ‘asleep at the wheel’ as his manager, or are we just not hearing that De Aza, Dunn, Danks, Beckham, and Noesi are on revocable or even irrevocable Waivers? If they are not, then it boggles my mind.
    If it was up to me, most of the White Sox would be on at least revocable waivers at this point (With the exception of Sale, Quintana, Abreu, Eaton, and maybe Ramirez and Gillespie) to see if you can dump some ‘holes’ off of this lineup, for whatever in return (I doubt their ‘value’ is going to go up in the offseason). This team has reverted back to their ‘bad Sox’ routine again, so I doubt you are going to see a miraculous finish here. Time to cut the dead weight and bring up kids and if they do not pan out at least you know what you have to work with next season and what you need to get in the off season.

  10. sherrilltradedooverexperience 12 months ago

    the dodgers have to make the hard decisions to make sure they get rid of at least 1 or 2 of’ers because how important the roster spot(s) will be for an extra arm with their struggling pen. Can be the difference between Alex Guerrero being stuck in AAA or as an extra bat-defensive replacement for the dodgers in the playoffs

    • mrnatewalter
      Nathan Walter 12 months ago

      Wait… am I reading this right? A Dodger post about trading Kemp and opening a roster spot for someone not named Joc Pederson??? I’m pleasantly surprised.

      • James 12 months ago

        sounds like somone can do math… there are 5 OF with the dodgers in front of Joc (Puig, Kemp, Crawford, Ethier, and Van Slyke), most teams only carry 4. So trading 1 does not create a permanent place for Joc.

        • mrnatewalter
          Nathan Walter 12 months ago

          I like having two OF options… one right-handed batter, one left-handed batter… If I were a manager, I’d want that to be the case.

          But I also don’t see the need to sell better talent for an unproven commodity who will occupy the same spot. St. Louis waited to see what they could get out of Oscar Taveras before they traded away Allen Craig. I think LA would be wise to do the same with Pedey.

          • James 12 months ago

            I agree, but you need to give the kid come chances first.

          • mrnatewalter
            Nathan Walter 12 months ago

            Yes, you do… but selling all your insurance (known commodities to give guys like Pederson a chance is not wise.

  11. StevetheBaker 12 months ago

    I take it this list is not comprehensive but only of those players whose status is known and that are high profile. Is that correct?

    • JTGleason 12 months ago

      That is how I understand it. Players put on waivers are done privately among team front offices, unless the team wants it leaked. It keeps players, and the press in the dark, so to not affect the ongoing season with speculation, but then again, a reporters’ worth is how much private info he can cajole from team sources.

      Those names above are from reports, most likely true, but then again may also be considered as unconfirmed. Sometimes a player is reported to be on waivers, but is later learned to never have been. Humble pie on top of a pink slip cover is then served cold.

  12. Holy Smokes 12 months ago

    Yankees with Drew at short and Prado at 2nd for 2015. Looks good. It’s always great to drop a -7 UZR/-12.9 UZR 50 shortstop. HOF or no HOF – those numbers just don’t cut it.

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