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How Do August Waiver Trades Work?

How Do August Waiver Trades Work?

Yesterday the trade deadline passed in a pretty uneventful fashion. To sum it all up, Bud Norris was the biggest name who was traded. That's all you need to really know about the quality of the market on deadline day. But the big misconception with the trade deadline is that people think it's the last chance to make a deal. In fact, teams can make deals beyond the deadline, as we saw last night with the addition of Robert Andino after the deadline had passed.

The big advantage to making deals prior to the July 31st deadline is that there are no restrictions on deals that can be made.  Teams can trade with any other team, and for that reason, teams can try to maximize the value of the return for their players on the market by selling to the top bidder.  That luxury is removed after the J...

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