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The waiver wire isn't as simple as claiming a player.  If the Phillies put Hamels on the wire and the A's "block" the Angels and are the only team that claim him, the Phillies can just let him go and the A's would have to take on the entire contract.  The A's do not want that contract.  Big contract guys usually make it through waivers.  

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The waiver wire isn't as simple as claiming a player. If the Phillies put Hamels on the wire and the A's "block" the Angels and are the only team that claim him, the Phillies can just let him go and the A's would have to take on the entire contract. The A's do not want that contract. Big contract guys usually make it through waivers.

This. I think people think teams claim guys to block them from other teams but if a team claims someone and they can get stuck with them. I don't think the A's want to make room for someone they don't need just to spite the Angels.

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This. I think people think teams claim guys to block them from other teams but if a team claims someone and they can get stuck with them. I don't think the A's want to make room for someone they don't need just to spite the Angels.

 

That's how the Yankees were stuck with Jose Canseco and the Padres were stuck with Randy Myers in recent years: They claimed those players, thinking they were just blocking other teams from getting them. Instead, their old clubs said: "You claimed him. You got him."

 

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?id=1860265

 

Myers was a particular disaster because he was expensive and ended up hurt and never able to pitch...

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The waiver wire isn't as simple as claiming a player.  If the Phillies put Hamels on the wire and the A's "block" the Angels and are the only team that claim him, the Phillies can just let him go and the A's would have to take on the entire contract.  The A's do not want that contract.  Big contract guys usually make it through waivers.  

 

 

thanks for explaining that, that seems to make the waiver process more fair and I didnt take that into account

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