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How August Trades Work

Now that the July 31 trade deadline has passed, teams can still make trades, only with more restrictions than before. Updating Jeff Todd’s post last year on the topic, here’s a look at how August trades work. This information has, of course, been shared elsewhere, most notably in an article by ESPN’s Jayson Stark from all the way back in 2004, and in greater detail at Cub Reporter. Since the rules surrounding August deals are confusing, though, they’re worth reviewing here.

  • In August, a big-league player must pass through revocable waivers before his team can trade him without restriction. These waivers last 47 hours. If no one claims him in that period, his team can trade him anywhere.
  • If a player is claimed, his team can do one of three things. It can trade the player to the claiming team, revoke the waiver request (in which case the player will remain with his original team), or simply allow the claiming team to take the player and his salary (although a player with no-trade rights can block this from happening).
  • A recent example of an August trade that developed from a waiver claim was the Brewers’ acquisition of Jonathan Broxton from the Reds last year. The Brewers claimed Broxton and ultimately got him from the Reds for two players to be named later, who turned out to be Kevin Shackelford and Barrett Astin. An example of a claim that didn’t result in a trade occurred last year, when the Cubs claimed Cole Hamels. The two sides couldn’t strike a deal, the Phillies revoked their waiver request, and Hamels remained in Philadelphia. Examples of teams simply letting players go via revocable waivers are more rare, but in 2009, the White Sox claimed Alex Rios from the Blue Jays, who simply let him go to Chicago without a trade. The White Sox were thus responsible for all of the approximately $62MM remaining on Rios’ contract.
  • A team has 48.5 hours to trade a claimed player, and can only negotiate with the team awarded the claim on him.
  • It’s common for teams to place players on revocable waivers, and their having done so does not necessarily mean they have serious plans to trade them. As Stark points out, teams commonly use waivers of certain players purely as smokescreens to disguise which players they really are interested in trading. In fact, sometimes teams place their entire rosters on waivers.
  • If more than one team claims a player, priority is determined by worst record to best record in the league of the waiving team, followed by worst record to best record in the other league. For example, if an NL team places a player on revocable waivers, the team with the NL’s worst record will get first priority on claims, followed by every other team in the NL from worst to best, followed by AL teams from worst to best.
  • If a team pulls a player back from waivers once, it cannot do so again in August. So if a team places a player on waivers for a second time, those waivers will be non-revocable.
  • Players not on 40-man rosters are eligible to be traded at any time without passing through waivers.
  • A player on the disabled list cannot pass through waivers.
  • Teams can still make trades in September, but players acquired after August 31 can’t play in the postseason.

Players traded last August included Broxton, Adam Dunn, Alejandro De Aza, Kelly Johnson, Geovany Soto, Gordon Beckham, Josh Willingham, Kevin Correia and Jacob Turner. There weren’t any blockbusters last year, although it’s not impossible for major deals to happen in August. The Dodgers acquired Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett in a gigantic trade in 2012, for example.

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Deadline Reactions: Winners, Losers, Top Prospects

Here’s a roundup of recaps from yesterday’s trade deadline.

  • The Blue Jays and Royals are the biggest winners of last month’s trades, while the Padres are the biggest losers, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman writes. All three choices were probably fairly easy ones, with the Blue Jays landing Troy Tulowitzki and David Price, the Royals grabbing Johnny Cueto and Ben Zobrist, and the Padres mostly standing pat. Further down both lists is where things get interesting, though — Heyman notes that the Phillies and Athletics did well in their trades of veterans, and that the Dodgers should have done better than Mat Latos and Alex Wood for all the payroll they’re taking on.
  • The Astros, Royals, Phillies and Tigers, among other teams, deserve credit for their deadline deals, Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan writes. The Padres, meanwhile, did poorly. To expect the Padres to make the playoffs at this point “borders on lunacy,” Passan writes.
  • Nine of the top 100 prospects in baseball changed teams at the deadline, MLB.com’s Jim Callis writes. Daniel Norris (headed from the Blue Jays to the Tigers in the David Price trade) tops the list followed by Brett Phillips (from the Astros to the Brewers in the Carlos Gomez deal) and Jose Peraza (who went from the Braves to the Dodgers in the Mat Latos deal). Callis’ take on the Dodgers’ 13-player trade is quite different from Heyman’s — Callis writes that the Dodgers got plenty of big-league help in the deal while also getting a very impressive prospect in Peraza.
  • Prospects among MLB’s top 50 include Norris, Phillips, Peraza, Hector Olivera (who went from the Dodgers to the Braves), Jeff Hoffman (Blue Jays to Rockies in the Troy Tulowitzki deal) and Jake Thompson (Rangers to Phillies in the Cole Hamels deal), J.J. Cooper of Baseball America writes.

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$135K DraftKings MLB Fantasy Contest

Take a quick break from all the trade deadline action and head to DraftKings.com right now to take part in this $135K MLB daily fantasy contest! That prize pool includes a $10K payout for the winner, and the best 11,025 entries are all guaranteed to win cash. It’s just three bucks to enter, and first-time users can join the action for free!

The contest goes live tonight — Friday, July 31st at 7:05pm EST — so go make your picks right now. It’s fun to play: choose two starting pitchers and eight position players, while staying within your $50K of cap space, to make the best lineup possible.

Here’s who I’m picking for tonight’s action:

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Don’t wait: before the next trade rumors hit, head over to DraftKings right now for a chance to win a piece of that $135K pool!

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$120K MLB Fantasy Contest At DraftKings

Head over to DraftKings.com right now to participate in another exciting daily fantasy contest. There’s a $120K prize pool to be claimed, with $10K going to the winner. The top 9,570 entries are guaranteed to win money. It’s just $3 to participate, and new users can enter for free!

The contest goes live Friday, July 24 at 7:05pm EST, so it’s time to get your picks in. Just spread your $50K salary cap space between eight position players and two pitchers to put together the best lineup possible. Here’s the lineup I’m rolling with for tonight’s action:

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Signing up is easy, and choosing a lineup can be done in a matter of minutes. Head over to DraftKings now for your chance to take home part of the $120K prize pool!

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Follow MLB Trade Rumors On Instagram

Recently, MLB Trade Rumors launched a brand new official Instagram account: @TradeRumorsMLB.  Each day, we’ll be sharing conversation-inspiring images about the hottest topics in baseball.  From there, we invite you to give us a like, weigh in with your thoughts in the comments section, and even share the link with a friend.

Yesterday’s image highlighted a trio of notable shortstop trade candidates in Troy Tulowitzki, Jean Segura, and Alexei Ramirez.  Today’s Instagram picture offers a look at center field trade candidates Carlos Gomez, Cameron Maybin, and Charlie Blackmon.

And if you’re anxious to get a look at newly-acquired Astros pitcher Scott Kazmir in his new digs, we’ve got you covered there, too.

So, what are you waiting for?  If you don’t have an Instagram account, this is the perfect excuse to sign up and get one.  Follow us on Instagram today!

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$110K DraftKings MLB Fantasy Contest

Head over to DraftKings.com right now to participate in another exciting daily fantasy contest. There’s a $110K prize pool to be claimed, with $10K going to the winner. The top 8,421 entries are guaranteed to win money. It’s just $3 to participate, and new users can enter for free!

The contest goes live this evening — Wednesday, July 22 — at 7:05pm EST, so it’s time to get your picks in. Just spread your $50K salary cap space between eight position players and two pitchers to put together the best lineup possible. Here’s the lineup I’m rolling with for tonight’s action:

07.22.2015 DKThere’s no reason to wait. Click over to DraftKings right now for a chance to win a part of that $100K pool!



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AL East Notes: Kopech, Yankees, Blue Jays, Orioles

Red Sox minor leaguer Michael Kopech has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for the stimulant Oxilofrine, the league announced yesterday. Kopech was selected with the 33rd overall pick in the 2014 draft by the Red Sox and had been enjoying a very strong season at Class A Greenville. The right-hander has posted a 2.63 ERA with 9.7 K/9 against 3.7 BB/9 in 16 games this season (15 of them starts). As Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe notes, via Twitter, because Kopech tested positive for an amphetamine as opposed to a substance ruled to be a performance-enhancing drug (steroid) by MLB, he’d still be eligible for the minor league postseason. Oxilofrine, which is found in some dietary supplements, is said to increase adrenaline, boost endurance and assist in weight loss. In a statement released at MiLB.com, Kopech apologized to the fans and the organization. The prospect noted that he has been trying to gain weight since signing as opposed to lose it, adding that he appealed the suspension despite having little to prove his innocence because he “didn’t have any understanding of how [he] could have failed a test.” Kopech received a $1.67MM bonus in last year’s draft.

Here’s more from the AL East…

  • The Yankees‘ first-half success comes, in large part, due to improved health up and down the roster, writes Joel Sherman of the New York Post. An improved farm system and improved depth from offseason moves such as re-signing Chris Young has better positioned the team to deal with injuries than in 2013-14. Nevertheless, Sherman writes, they’re at risk in the second half. He questions how realistic it is to expect Michael Pineda to finish the season with 30-plus starts and both Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira to clear 600 plate appearances. Masahiro Tanaka‘s elbow remains a concern, and CC Sabathia, while healthy, has been ineffective overall.
  • Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet writes that while Cole Hamels, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija and Jonathan Papelbon are among the biggest names that figure to be connected to the Blue Jays in the coming two weeks, history shows that GM Alex Anthopoulos looks beyond the most obvious options. Nicholson-Smith runs down a list of speculative pitching options for the Jays to pursue, including Mat Latos (who I recently profiled at MLBTR), Hisashi Iwakuma, Jesse Chavez, Mike Fiers and several more.
  • Yankees GM Brian Cashman tells the Post’s George A. King III that he’s comfortable being aggressive or passing on asking prices he deems exorbitant this July. Interestingly, King writes that the industry belief, at present, is that the Blue Jays would be more willing to part with top prospects to land Cueto than the Yankees would. While there are no true untouchables in the Yankees’ farm system, King adds, Aaron Judge and Luis Severino “come close” to earning that label.
  • MASNsports.com’s Steve Melewski finds it difficult to envision the Orioles shifting into “sell” mode, adding that the team’s current plan is to approach the deadline with a buyer’s mindset. GM Dan Duquette has previously said that the Orioles’ pending free agents have more value to Baltimore than to other clubs, Melewski notes, further suggesting that shipping out veteran players is unlikely.

$250K MLB Fantasy Contest At DraftKings

Kick off the season’s second half with a fantasy baseball contest from DraftKings! Enter for a chance at a piece of a $250K prize pool, $100K of which will go to the winner. Plenty of folks are going to take home money, as the best 11,230 entries are guaranteed to win cash prizes. The entry fee is just five bucks, so head to DraftKings.com now to enter!

Best of all, it’s fun to play daily fantasy at DraftKings. You’re GM for a day, allocating $50K in salary cap space to choose the two pitchers and eight position players that will put up the biggest numbers on the day.

This $250K contest goes live at 7:05pm EST on Friday, so head to DraftKings right now to begin making your picks. Here are my preliminary choices:

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Old MLBTR Layout Available On Mobile Devices

Back in April, we launched a new mobile version of MLBTR.  The change to mobile-friendly was made to improve load time and user experience, and also because Google basically required it.

In looking at your survey responses, I noticed that some readers preferred the old desktop-style, full post MLBTR format on their mobile devices.  Fortunately, we have a Desktop View button that brings back the old layout.  Just go to the MLBTradeRumors.com homepage on your mobile device, scroll all the way to the bottom, and tap the button that says Desktop:


Your preference should be remembered the next time you visit.

(Side note: if you occasionally get the mobile version of MLBTR on a desktop computer, that’s a bug.  Please contact us if that happens).

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MLBTR Seeking Photoshop Artists

Our brand new Instagram account — @TradeRumorsMLB — is growing rapidly and we’re looking to hire more talented photoshoppers to join the team.

Are you the kind of photoshop expert we’re looking for? If so, we want you to create a sample submission based off of one of the concepts below and send it to MLBTRonInstagram@gmail.com.

To get an idea of what we’re looking for, please check out @TradeRumorsMLB to see some of our previous images.  Of course, we also invite creativity and out-of-the-box thinking.  All samples should be 1080px by 1080px.

This position is part-time and compensated.

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