Pirates Have Been the Most Aggressive Team Claiming Players

Here is an interesting note from Danny Knobler of CBS Sports:

The reference to the Orioles follows the news that they won claims on Josh Willingham and Michael Morse. However, the note on the Pirates is the most relevant here. Obviously we know that the Pirates claimed Marlon Byrd and John Buck, since both players are currently Pirates. This bit of information makes you wonder who they claimed before those two, which is something we wouldn’t know since those players would have gone to other teams or would have been pulled back by now. It also makes you wonder if the Pirates are done pursuing players. We already heard a rumor that they’re still interested in Justin Morneau, even after adding Byrd and Buck. But they’ve got some time to wait and see if more options came available on the market.

Players would have had to be placed on waivers by today to be eligible for an August 31st trade. That gives them 48 hours to clear waivers or be claimed by a team, then gives the claiming team until 11:59 PM EST on August 31st to acquire that player and add him to the playoff roster. So we might see a few moves around the league in the next two days.

Tim Williams

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