Greetings blog readers ...
I'm sure you noticed by checking the paper today or the blog last night that Larry wasn't in Los Angeles. As I wrote earlier, he was under the weather pretty and wasn't able to make it to LA, and since I was in mid-air heading out here to the disgustingly humid mid-west, we had to go with a stringer for the coverage.
Larry will be in Minnesota for Friday's game, but Heather Gripp, who covered last night's game for us, will cover tonight's game as well. A big thanks to her for doing so.
HERE'S SOME BREAKING NEWS ...
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox sports, both Raul and Washburn have been claimed on waivers.
Here's a rundown of how the waivers system works that I quickly pulled from the net ...
1. A team may "ask for waivers" on a player by sending notification of that fact to the MLB offices.
2. The MLB offices publish to all teams the information that the player has been put on waivers. A claim is published for 3 days. If no team makes a waiver claim, the player "passes (or clears) waivers" and may be traded to any team.
3. If more than one team puts in a waiver claim for the player, priority of waiver claims is determined as follows: teams in the same league as the team asking waivers, in order from worst record (as of the claim date) to best, then teams in the other league, in the same order). The highest priority claim stands, others are dismissed.
4. The team which asked for waivers may now
* pull the player back from waivers, which ends the process,
* trade the player to the claiming team (they may not negotiate with any other team), or
* allow the claiming team to take the player for the standard waiver fee of $50,000.
5. If they negotiate a trade with the claiming team, any player(s) being sent in return must either clear waivers or be delivered to the team after the end of the regular season.
6. A "10-and-5" man may veto a trade or a waiver claim transaction; if he does, he stays with the team which waived him.
If a team pulls a player back from waivers, they can ask for waivers on him again that season, but the second time the waivers are "irrevocable". The only difference is that, in step 4 above, they do not have the option of pulling a player back from irrevocable waivers.
I didn't get to see Yuni's error last night. So I won't comment about it, but remember, I advocated for him to be sent to Triple A on KJR a few weeks ago because of how much he regressed as a player and I will say that his effort in getting better has been minimal. But more on this later.
* Here's the game story from the LA Times. The picture in the story is quite amusing.
* Michael Saunders hit a homer in Canada's trouncing of China in the Olympics.
* The US didn't fare quite as well, getting upset by South Korea.
* Here's a little longer story on the Mariners' Cup that's taking place at Safeco.
* Tim Lincecum got hit in the knee with a line drive last night. Pretty scary stuff, but it appears he didn't break anything. It's just a bone bruise. It still looked like it hurt though.
* For those people hoping that Brian Cashman might be the Ms GM next year, it appears the Yankees may have some interest in keeping him, according to SI's Jon Heyman.
* Yahoo's Jeff Passan list his 25 success stories from this season. Strangely, nothing about Richie Sexson, Jose Vidro or Kenji Johjima is on there.
* SI's Tom Verducci writes about the impact of instant replay.