Doing the Waive

Deadline? What deadline? July 31 is just a speed bump for GMs looking to deal.

Updated: August 8, 2003, 2:25 PM ET
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine
Minutes after the July 31 trade deadline passed, Mets interim GM Jim Duquette sat in his office trying to digest the dizzying last-minute activity. And it's not over yet. Many big-name players should clear waivers between now and Aug. 31, making them available to be dealt before playoff rosters are set.

This is a dramatic departure from the way business was conducted even two or three years ago, when teams like the Mets placed claims on as many as 30 players per day. They effectively blocked trades and forced teams to withdraw their players from waivers. These days, though, most also-rans would be happy to unload a high-priced star in the middle of a multiyear contract. So a team making a claim on somebody like Jason Kendall might wind up with a $42M catcher.

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