The non-waiver trade deadline passed last week with little activity from the Boston Red Sox.
But that doesn’t mean August trades won’t be happening. Players traded in August must pass through waivers with all 30 teams before the home club has the chance to trade the player. It’s not uncommon for teams to place several players on waivers in August, even players they don’t intend on trading, in order to gauge interest.
If an opposing team put in a claim for a player on waivers, one of three things would happen: the opposing team would pick up the entirety of that player’s contract, the original team and the claiming team could work out a trade within 48 hours, or the original team could pull the player off waivers.
In August 2012, the Red Sox used this process to pull off the massive trade with the Dodgers. Boston placed Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett on waivers. They all passed through because no team wanted to accrue the large, multi-year deals. The three players’ rights were returned to the Red Sox and then Boston pulled off the blockbuster trade with the Dodgers.
According to the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, the Red Sox have placed Mike Napoli, Daniel Nava, Rusney Castillo, Jackie Bradley Jr., Brock Holt, Hanley Ramirez, Craig Breslow, and Justin Masterson on waivers.
Nava was picked up by Tampa Bay this past week, ending his five-year career with the Red Sox.
The Red Sox probably do not want to trade Holt, but a claiming team in the playoff hunt might be willing to overpay for him, given his versatility in the field and consistency at the plate. Boston would be willing to listen.
Bradley’s defense alone might also warrant interest from a contender.
Napoli continues a strong stretch at the plate hitting and enters free agency at the end of this season.
Once each player has passed through waivers, the Red Sox are free to negotiate trades.
Boston didn’t make many splashes on the trade market in July, but there could significant activity in August.

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