Infielders Geoff Blum and Craig Counsell have cleared waivers, according to ESPN.com's Buster Olney (on Twitter). The Astros and Brewers can now trade their respective veterans to any team. The Braves and Cardinals both lost third basemen, so Blum and Counsell could draw interest. Blum ($1.5MM, mutual option for 2011) and Counsell ($2.1MM) both make modest salaries, play second third and short and can hit the open market after the season.
Here's MLBTR's complete list of players to clear waivers.
I wish the stros would trade or reliz feliz first…then trade away blum and michaels
I’m sure the Brewers are open to sending Counsell out in another Edmonds-esque trade. A veteran to a contending team in exchange for a young guy with talent, under team control.
I don’t think Counsell will bring as much as Edmonds did, he isn’t hitting and is making more money than Edmonds. He makes sense as a utility player and late innings defensive replacement, but is he really an upgrade over whoever the Braves and Cardinals have in-house?
Astros neee to trade Carlos Lee in the Off-Season, then after you get a lot of salary off your hands go sign Carl Crawford, SP, and maybe even a power hitter middle infielder.
nobody is going to take on Lee’s monstrosity of a contract.
Counsell is a solid player and a class act. Any team that needs a veteran utility infielder for a playoff run would be lucky to have him on the roster.