Re: Andruw Jones Placed On Waivers???
Well actually there are benefits of a public waiver list, or at least players knowing. Say for instance Eric Milton.... He has a clause in his contract that if he wants he can be a free agent after this year. Say for instance he was pitching well right now- like 10-7 with a 4.25 ERA.... If he slipped through waivers it says that he is overpaid basically and in the midst of a penant race even there was no intest in his services at a rate of 10M a year. So likewise if he finds out he has no interest via waivers for that rate he can make the decision to take the player option for 2007 (which he obviously will), because I mean if no one wants him right now in the playoff race then a snow balls chance in hell someone would give him the same or more money even as a free agent. Now say he was claimed and the Reds took him back then he is obviously valuable and being a free agent someone would most definately overpay for his services in the offseason. The three outcomes- claim then take off...slip through... and claimed and taken by another team tell a lot about a player's value and the eventual free agent interest in them.