Cliff gets put on waivers. (AP)
In what is a routine practice throughout baseball following the trade deadline, players are placed on waivers and can be claimed by another team. Here is how it works, from Twinkietown Blog:
Nearly all players are put on waivers in August.
Not all players on waivers are placed there with the intention of being moved.
Teams with worse records have priority over teams with better records, American League teams have priority over American League players and National League teams have priority over National League players.
Teams will often make a claim on a player to block a rival club from being awarded the claim, but this is dangerous because the claiming team could just get stuck with a player they didn’t want…and his salary. It’s the reason Manny Ramirez cleared waivers a few years ago: nobody wanted to get stuck with his contract.
If a player clears waivers they may be traded to any team, for a player who has also cleared waivers or for non...