Washburn cleared, or did not clear, or was not placed on, waivers
I’ve resisted posting anything because there’s no news, but this keeps coming up, soo….
If Washburn was not put on waivers:
– He should be
If Washburn was put on waivers:
– He cleared (somewhat vague Times report, PI report)
– The White Sox claimed him
– The Yankees claimed him
Though the White Sox rumors seem to have died out quickly, and since New York leaks like a sieve, that seems unlikely as well.
People who know Washburn’s waiver status for sure:
– MLB teams
– Washburn and his agent, probably
That said, we should probably figure he’s cleared. Which would mean, interestingly enough, that teams didn’t want to take on the salary entirely or that they wouldn’t be able to make a deal with the M’s during the available window.
Which is pretty crazy, if you think about it, and a disconcerting indication that maybe the M’s hurt themselves in the deadline negotiations more than was immediately apparent.
Update: Rosenthal at Fox Sports is reporting both Ibanez and Washburn were claimed. Which directly contradicts the Times/PI stories. Also claims it wasn’t the Yankees claiming, for… well, the why not doesn’t make sense, but okay.