MINNEAPOLIS -- Major League Baseball's July 31 trade deadline is in the rearview mirror. That means no more trades, right?
False. Clubs are still able to trade in the following month, but it becomes a bit trickier before the Aug. 31 waiver trade deadline. The process is a bit complicated, but it starts when teams place players on waivers. Most teams will put a good majority of their players on waivers -- but that doesn't necessarily mean anything.
If a team claims a player (the team with the worst record has the first crack at placing a claim), the two teams then have 48 hours in which to work out a deal. Otherwise, if they can't reach a deal, the team that placed the player on waivers can keep him.
It's not uncommon for teams to trade between the July 31 non-waiver deadline and the Aug. 31 waiver deadline, although there are typically fewer blockbuster trades in August. Minnesota has made its share of deals in August over the years. Last year, third baseman Danny...