DaSh 1s wrote:Say the Twins and the White Sox are in a dog fight for first place for instance the Phillie's put Roy Halladay on waivers
If Doc clears the National league, you can easily bet that one of Twins or White Sox will put a claim on Halladay (even if they have absolutely no intention of acquiring him) to block their competition from acquiring him.
It's brilliant, and MLB clubs utilize all the time. Teams in a dog fight for the Wild Card, claim waivers on players all the time to prevent them from going to other Wild Card competition.
Yea, provided their claim priority is good enough to do so, which most likely it wouldn't be, the Phillies could still pull it back. Not to mention, that he wouldn't make it out of the National league, and weak teams would put in for him. Then the AL weak teams would do it. The likelihood of two first-place teams having any real effect in that scenario isn't super high, because those teams' priority would be low. So it's kind of not really the same thing. And again, they wouldn't be able to put a wholesale claim on every pitcher put on waivers.