I used an exclamation point here, but there’s really nothing particularly exciting about this story.
For the sake of completeness, though, let’s go through it…
Sometime between August 1st and last night, Mark DeRosa, like practically every other player in the Majors (save Joe Mauer, who will be spared the indignity because of a whole bunch of confused Twins fans), was placed on revocable (i.e. they can be revoked) trade waivers.
We understand how this works, yes? Guys who get placed on waivers and don’t get claimed may be traded during the month of August (that’s why you’ll sometimes see July 31st referred to as the “non-waiver” trade deadline). Occasionally, though, players do get claimed. When that happens the player’s current club has three options: 1) they can pull the player back from waivers and keep him, 2) they can work out a trade with the club who claimed him, using the fact that they can pull the player back off waivers as leverage to get something in return, or 3) they can let the claiming club take the player, as well as the entirety of his contract– as the Jays did when the White Sox put a claim in on Alex Rios four years ago.
So, inevitably Bautista and Encarnacion will go on waivers, someone will put a claim on those terrific contracts, and the Jays will pull them back. Shit, the Jays would likely even pull back Mark Buehrle if he gets claimed. The whole thing just isn’t a big deal.
Yet here we are, with breathless reports last night from ol’ Kenny Ken Ken about how Mark DeRosa had been claimed by someone. Or… maybe not breathless. And it’s not exactly like Rosenthal’s hyping something up– he’s just doing his job. It’s just… well… here’s how it all unfolded: