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Understanding August And Waiver Claims And All That

With the non-waiver deadline passing by on Saturday, we're to the point now where any and all trades involving players on 40-man rosters must go through the waivers process. Because the Mariners have a few candidates to get dealt, and could specifically explore moving Chone Figgins, I figured I should dedicate a little time this afternoon towards explaining what all of this means, but then I decided, no, I'd rather make a sandwich, so instead here are links:

I know that all of baseball's weird little transaction rules can be confusing and frustrating, but remember that the August waiver wire is how the Angels wound up with Scott Kazmir. Sometimes the August waiver wire can be awesome.