Papelbon placed on waivers, claimed by AL team

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Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon was claimed on waivers Wednesday by an American League Team. 

It means nothing.  Let’s get that out of the way first.  As Craig pointed out Tuesday, most players are put on waivers in August.  And it’s not at all surprising that other teams are interested in Papelbon despite the $9.35 million salary that he’s earning this season. 

Some in the baseball industry think that Papelbon may be floated on the trading block this winter because he’s due a raise via salary arbitration and the Red Sox are nearly ready to install the hard-throwing Daniel Bard as their next closer.  But that won’t happen while the 2010 regular season plays out and the Red Sox are likely to pull him off waivers before negotiations even get started with the mysterious American League club that claimed the 29-year-old.  Everybody remain calm.

Your latest National League All-Star voting update

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Not much has changed with the All-Star voting in the National League this week. All of the same leaders from last week are leading this week. Matt Kemp and Bryce Harper have flip-flopped at 2-3 in the outfield voting but it’s still all the same.

Buster Posey leads at catcher, first base is Freddie Freeman, second is his Braves teammate Ozzie Albies, third is Nolan Arenado, short is Brandon Crawford and Nick Markakis leads the outfield trio.

Your current leaders and their closest pursuers: