With word breaking this afternoon that a #MysteryTeam has claimed Cliff Lee off of waivers, I’d like to remind you of not only this helpful guide to the ins and outs of trade waiver claims, but also that a player with no trade rights can still force his team to revoke a claim┬ámade while he’s on trade waivers if ┬áhis no trade rights would regularly allow him to block a deal to the claiming club.

For instance, Cliff Lee has a no trade clause in his contract with the Philadelphia Phillies that precludes a trade without his permission to twenty-one different teams. He can still force the Phillies to pull him back if one of those twenty-one teams win their waiver claim of him.

Confused? Good. That’s the way baseball intended it.

Update: According to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, the Los Angeles Dodgers, who earlier acquired Joe Blanton from the Phillies, have also been awarded claiming rights on Cliff Lee. We’ll wait to see if the two clubs can manage to make a trade.

Comments (5)

  1. if it wasnt for the trade clause, lee would be the perfect player for aa to spend all that money he’s saved.

  2. I wonder if it’s a team like the Diamondbacks, knowing full well Lee has them on his no trade list, thereby blocking the Dodgers from acquiring him. A simple, no-risk move.

  3. Looks like it’s the Dodgers. Which is great, because they needed more guys.

    Scuttlebutt is there won’t be a trade, and the Phillies will pull him back. Sounds about right.

  4. Not sure if this changed with the new CBA, but for contracts like Lee’s and others that were signed under the old CBA, the player’s ability to block waiver claims varies from contract to contract. If his no-trade clause is actually a non-assignment clause (which it sounds like Lee’s is), he can prevent teams on his no-trade list from claiming him, but that’s not always the case. As detailed in the 3:09 update here: http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2010/08/red-sox-claim-johnny-damon.html

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