3. There’s still waivers
The Indians did come away with a big-time player, but it doesn’t mean that’s the end of the discussion.
The last two years, the Tribe’s made moves following the July 31 deadline.
Fox SportsTime Ohio analyst Jensen Lewis foreshadowed hours before the deadline that big move wouldn’t happen by cautioning fans the Tribe could still be in for a big name come August.
Bryce Harper, Andrew McCutchen and Josh Donaldson all stayed with their respective teams following the the 4 p.m. deadline.
So, how does a waiver trade work?
A team can waive a player at any time, but after July 31, a player who is to be traded must be placed on waivers. That isn’t the case before July 31.
Teams desiring the player then can make a waiver claim. Of course, multiple teams can submit a claim, so the team with the weakest record in the waived players league gets preference.
The good thing about all those blown losses from the bullpen? The Indians have the weakest record among the teams contending for an AL playoff spot. The Red Sox, Yankees, Astros, Mariners and A’s would all be behind the Indians in line.