We all start panicking about the trade deadline. We all seem to start thinking:
Oh my God! July 31st. We are at the deadline. We have to make a move.
I have to say I am at fault for not remembering this. Mike and Mike on ESPN reminded me this morning about another deadline that can impact teams as well.
The non-waivers trade deadline is July 31st. The Waivers Deadline is August 31st. There a number of things that can happen here.
A team will place a player on waivers. At that point, teams have 47 hours to claim that player. Should a team take a claim, the original team has a choice of:
- Pulling the player back. In which case the team has cannot trade him for a 30 day period.
- Work a trade with the team that claimed him.
- Be rid of the player (contract and all) and the team that claimed with nothing in return. I see teams that are serious sellers taking this route.
- Should the said player get through waivers, his team can then trade him.
This should bring some relief to Mets fans. If the Mets do not make a trade right now, all is not lost. If the Mets can continue to play the way the have been all week, solid pitching and hitting, they can probably hold their own until someone is picked up to help.
I will grant you this. It is preferable if the Mets make the deals now. The sooner they get an impact player, the better are the chances of this crippled team to grab the Wild Card.
I am just not putting stock in the Mets making a trade today that will greatly impact this team. I have already stated the Mets need a bat more than a pitcher. Talk is they are looking for another lefty reliever.
Yeah! An impact trade is not on the horizon. At least we know there is another chance to make a move? I did not think so either. Just throwing it out there.