Who claims a player on waivers is never disclosed, but Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle believes that Adam Dunn — who, not surprisingly, was claimed — was claimed by the Dodgers:
They were in perfect position in the standings to get the claim and had
good reason to do it. Face it, the Dodgers’ chances of winning the
division are slim, but there are a number of teams ahead of them in the
wild-card standings who could have used Dunn, particularly the Giants
On Twitter, Schulman speculated that there may have been some spite involved, with the Dodgers wanting to prevent the Giants from getting Dunn after Bruce Bochy called out Don Mattingly on that double mound visit a couple of weeks ago. Of course a way less wacko reason to do it would be to, you know, prevent a team you’re chasing from getting the best slugger in the league.
It’s all beside the point, though. The Nats will revoke waivers if they haven’t already. They’re not going to let Dunn walk like that. They’ll try to sign him first and, if not, will at least consider offering him arbitration and getting picks for him first.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Major League Baseball has banned all transactions with Liga Mexicana de Beisbol (LMB), popularly known as the Mexican League. As of now, all 30 teams are prohibited from signing players under contract with LMB teams. The ban was issued due to Major League Baseball’s contention that “corruption” and “fraud” run rampant in the player acquisition process.
Passan describes the issues in detail, and they sound pretty compelling. The upshot: LMB clubs — which have full control over their players — are taking advantage of them, taking most if not all of the signing bonuses MLB teams give them after negotiating for their rights. Mexican teams often sign players when they’re 15 years-old so that, once they are old enough for American teams to approach them, they’re in the position to take a usurious cut.
Passan says Major League Baseball is demanding greater transparency from LMB before it’s willing to lift the ban. He also says that the MLBPA is in “lockstep” with Major League Baseball on the matter, which makes sense given that, if MLB’s claims are accurate, players are being exploited here. He also says that if LMB does not change its ways, there is a “Plan B,” though it’s not clear what that is.
There aren’t a ton of Mexican players signed by MLB teams each year, but there are enough to make this a significant issue that is worth watching.