The August waiver wire is a tricky time of year. The ins and outs of the revocable waiver wire and its Byzantine structure is enough to send even the most astute fan for a loop. No matter how often those with boots on the ground insist it, most fans howl at the thought of their favorite player dangling where any scrub team can claim him.
Alex Rios is no stranger to the waiver wire, as his passing from the Toronto Blue Jays to the Chicago White Sox in 2009 represented one of the rare times where the August wire behaved like a “true” waiver wire – the Jays let Rios and his contract go to Chicago for nothing.
While the move freed up a spot for the Jays to play Jose Bautista full time, one can’t help but think the Jays could have gotten something more than nothing for a player who posted nearly league-average offense and 99 steals for the ChiSox in 600 career games. But we digress…
Alex Rios was back on the waiver wire this August and was again claimed, this time by the Texas Rangers. Just when it looked like the 47 hour window for the two teams to make a deal would close and Rios would stay in Chicago comes news that he has, in fact, been traded to the Rangers for a players to be named later and cash considerations.
Leury Garcia is expected to be the player Texas will send to complete the deal. Whichever player they send must also pass through waivers, so Houston (the only team with a worse record than the White Sox) could potentially throw a monkey wrench in this part of the deal.
In the meantime, Texas has a new right fielder and the White Sox tanking continues unabated. Everybody wins!
Yesterday, Matt Garza became a member of the Texas Rangers, traded from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for third base prospect Mike Olt, pitchers Justin Grimm and C.J. Edwards and as many as two players to be named later – likely players selected in this past June’s draft.
At first blush, the deal seems like a good one for the Cubs and a necessary one for the Rangers. But that’s the thing about evaluating a trade hours after it becomes official: there is that which we know and much more we simply do not.
You’re probably familiar with the idea of a TOOTBLAN – when a player is “thrown out on the bases like a nincompoop.” It is a handy acronym busted out when a player, well, is thrown out on the bases like a nincompoop. It is usually reserved for egregious acts of baseball running negligance, ignoring good sense and smart baseball in pursuit of personal glory.
This very unusual play involving David Murphy of the Texas Rangers is not a TOOTBLAN so much as it’s a WOTBLAN – Murphy “Wandered Off the Base Like A Nincompoop.”
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Did Michael Young die, or is that simply what Jon Daniels told Ron Washington to keep him from etching Michael Young’s name into the lineup card everyday? Either way, the ever-weird Rangers/Michael Young love ballad refuses to end.