Why The MLB Should Move Back The Non-Waiver Deadline
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Saturday, August.10, 2013
By Chris Lacey (Lead Baseball Columnist/Minority Website Owner) Follow @aecanada12
This year’s trade deadline just went by with not too many big trades taking place. The only one that could classify as a somewhat big deal was the three-team deal between the Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers.
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There were other minor deals done by other clubs to bolster their rotation and acquire bullpen help. This makes you think what would happen if Major League Baseball decided to move back the non-waiver deadline to around August 15.
This is different from the waiver deadline at the end of August, where a player has to pass through waivers in order for him to be moved.
A player moved during August is eligible for the postseason. If a player is dealt after August, he would not be eligible for the postseason. The only way that he can play in the postseason is if he’s replacing a injured player.
The waiver deadline with the current CBA takes place on July 31, and this seems kind of early for it to take place. Once you add in the second Wild Card team, there is reluctance for teams to make a deal.
They feel that with more than two months left in the season, there is still hope for them to make the playoffs. However if it was moved back, this would give more teams a chance to figure out their odds of making the playoffs.
Also with it being moved back, more deals would happen with only a little more a month left in the season. As you get closer to the conclusion of the season, the picture becomes much clearer of which teams will make the postseason and the ones who will not.
There were some deals that could have happened, but other teams did not want to take a risk with plenty of time still left in the season.
Since the non-waiver deadline is gone, there are still moves to be made with the waiver deadline approaching fast and a handful of players could be playing for new teams.
There was one player that had a chance to go during the deadline, but because of the terms of his contract and a specific clause he stayed put.
This is Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee, who is still owed part of $25 Million this season, and another $25 Million for the next two seasons, plus there is a club option in 2016 worth $27.5 Million.
The option becomes guaranteed if Lee is not on the disabled list at the end of the 2015 season with injury to left elbow or shoulder, and has thrown 200 innings or 400 innings pitched in 2014-15.
One more thing is that he has limited no-trade protection, where he can block trades to 21 clubs each season. This makes extremely hard to move him, but it would be worth it for a contending team.
The Phillies would have to decide if it’s in their best interests to move him. They would get a great package of prospects in return for him, but there would be a glaring hole in their rotation.
Any team that trades for Lee would acquire a pitcher that gives them a great chance of making the postseason. He also knows how to pitch in the postseason, with him starting 11 career games in the playoffs.
Another player that has a chance to be moved is Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau. He is in the final year of his contract, and will be free agent at season’s end.
The Twins are not having a good season, and it seems like they are going with a younger group of players for the team. This being said, they could still resign him or gauge what the market might be for him by placing him on waivers.
One more player that might get moved is White Sox first baseman Adam Dunn. Chicago seems to be in sell mode by getting rid of all their players that have huge contracts.
The team that gets him is not expecting him to have a high average. They expect him to provide instant offense, by hitting HRs. There will be numerous teams putting in claims for him, especially clubs that are starving for offense.
The deals for the non-waiver deadline were scarce, but there is the potential for some fireworks in August. There is always the possibility we see a mega deal that is similar to the Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers from last season.
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