With the non-waiver trade deadline two days in the rear view mirror, some teams are still trying to make trades by placing players on the waiver wire.
And besides the Phillies’ Cliff Lee, some the more prominent names among those placed on waivers as of Thursday are : Boston Red Sox OF Carl Crawford, Miami Marlins 1B Carlos Lee, and a pair of Baltimore Orioles –Adam Jones and Nick Markakis.
Crawford, who is who is making $21.857 million this season, is a ticking time bomb with his elbow, and has only played in 14 games this season in Boston. The Red Sox appear to ready to wheel and deal, but the 30-year olds $100 million-plus contract is going to be a huge hurdle.
However a team like the Cincinnati Reds, which are in desperate need a leadoff hitter, may be interested in Crawford who is hitting .240/.296/.400 with 2 HR’s and a 83 OPS+ in 54 plate appearances this season.
Meanwhile, Lee will be a free agent at the end of the season, and since the Fish seem to be headed towards an early fall vacation, they are likely looking to make a deal for the future. However, Miami could run into a problem, as Lee’s contract has a no-trade clause.
That could obviously put a damper on anything the Marlins can receive in return for less than two months of Lee’s services.
Finally, the Orioles who are currently 5 1-2 games behind the Yankees for the AL East lead, and right in the thick of the hunt for the two wild-card spots, came up empty at the trade deadline.
Nevertheless, the have put two of their best hitters up for grabs, in Jones and Markakis.
Markakis had a two-run homer on Thursday against the Yankees, bringing his total to 11 on the year, while Jones leads the team in just about every offensive category, batting 293/.338/.540 with 24 HR’s.
Both would be a good pick up for a contending team, and could free up a sizable amount of money, as it is rumored the O’s are interested in adding veteran pitcher Derek Lowe to their rotation.