So there was this little piece of news surrounding Kendrys Morales today from Jon Morosi of of Fox Sports. Some people are stunned by this. They probably shouldn't be. During most seasons, veteran players on teams out of the playoff race are often put on "revocable waivers." It's a common practice. Opposing teams can then make a claim on that player if they so choose. Brendan Ryan and Aaron Harang were both reportedly placed on waivers earlier and went unclaimed.
But that claim doesn't mean quite as much as people think. What it means is that they have made the claim and can then work out a trade for the player. There is no guarantee that the player goes to that team. Post waivers trades do happen.The deadline for them is August 31.
But often times a trade can't be agreed upon and the team pulls the player back off of waivers if something can't be worked out. An example of this came last season. The Cleveland Indians placed outfielder Shin Soo-Choo on waivers. The Mariners made waivers claim on Choo. But nothing came of it because a trade couldn't be worked out. Choo stayed with the Indians and was later traded in the offseason to Cincinnati.
So does that mean Kendrys Morales will be traded? Not necessarily.
It seems as though GM Jack Zdruiencik would have the same philosophy as he did at the trade deadline - he'd have to be overwhelmed with the offer to make a deal.
Zduriencik talked at the trade deadline about trying to sign Morales to an extension. He also discussed the idea of tendering a Morales a contract for next season and then the idea of getting a first-round draft pick compensation if Morales opts for free agency. I don't know if that expectation has changed.
But if the Mariners seriously discuss a trade it would be a clear sign that Morales and his agent Scott Boras have no real interest in staying in Seattle with an extension.
Dave Cameron of USS Mariner, who once thought the idea of tendering Morales a contract for 2014 was a good idea, has changed his thinking and listed the reasons why.