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Felix Hernandez, Jason Vargas get claimed on trade waivers

Aug 31, 2012, 2:56 PM EDT

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While Joe Mauer‘s soiree on the waiver wire made big headlines, the fact that Felix Hernandez was out there too was unknown until Friday, when’s Jon Morosi reported that both Hernandez and Jason Vargas have been claimed on waivers.

Kevin Millwood cleared waivers and is thus eligible to be traded. However, he’d have to be moved today in order to be postseason eligible for another team.

Morosi reports that neither Hernandez nor Vargas will be traded to the teams that claimed them. That was a given with Hernandez, but perhaps a deal could have been worked out with Vargas.

Hernandez has won his last nine decisions to move to the forefront of the AL Cy Young race. He’s 13-5 with a league-best 2.43 ERA.

  1. Jeremy T - Aug 31, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    What’s the point of even placing Felix on waivers when they’ve so clearly stated he’s not available to be traded?

    • jarathen - Aug 31, 2012 at 3:10 PM

      Especially since I’m sure he wouldn’t last more than two teams down the list.

    • beefytrout - Aug 31, 2012 at 3:21 PM

      It can’t be the usual “testing the waters to gauge interest” BS… it’s King f***in’ Felix. Everyone is interested.

    • Alex K - Aug 31, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      Maybe the M’s put everyone on waivers? That’s they only thing that makes sense to me.

  2. afirst916 - Aug 31, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Going to go ahead and assume it’s the Dodgers going for Felix

    • bigleagues - Aug 31, 2012 at 3:44 PM

      Given his pedigree, status and accomplishments, I guarantee that the Dodgers were not the team who was awarded the claim on Felix.

      If the Red Sox are going to make any such waiver claim – King Felix would be the one.

      That said, while the Mariner’s first preference is to keep him and Felix has emphatically stated he’d like to stay, I have no doubt that the M’s are at least exploring their options . . . which is why they’d place him on waivers.

  3. hushbrother - Aug 31, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    The Yankees need to get Felix Hernandez. If The Boss was still around there’s no way he would have let King Felix pass through waivers unclaimed. :eyeroll:

    • Jeremy T - Aug 31, 2012 at 3:40 PM

      What would possibly make you think he was unclaimed? I suppose this is probably sarcasm, anyways (judging by the eyeroll).

    • shockgee - Aug 31, 2012 at 4:20 PM

      The Yankees don’t need to get Hernandez. This whole entitlement of New Yorkers is a total crock. Let him roll to another team going forward. MLB needs to incorporate the salary cap, otherwise you get the same old show every single year. Who wants to see that cackling keg stander Swisher win again? Or Curtis Roid’erson win time after time. Looking forward to when DJ and the rest of the frat boys are no longer playing, the Yanks need to feel like the way SD, Cleveland and any other middle class team does for a bit.

      • Jeremy T - Aug 31, 2012 at 4:52 PM

        Swisher I can see. Jeter and Granderson are about as far from being “frat boys” as any player in baseball. Anyways, like it or not the Yankees are never going to be a small market team. The entitlement complex of a lot of Yankee fans is clearly obnoxious and over the top, and annoys me as much as anyone just because I don’t enjoy being associated with douchebags.

  4. randygnyc - Aug 31, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Dodgers? No way Felix made it out of the AL. I’d bet it was Detroit or Angels. Would love for the Yankees to acquire him this winter.

    • Jeremy T - Aug 31, 2012 at 4:54 PM

      Had to see this comment coming :)

      You, me, and every other fan of every team would love to have Felix pitching for their team, but it’s not gonna happen. Especially not for the Yanks, since they don’t have nearly enough pieces to get a deal done.

    • beefytrout - Aug 31, 2012 at 4:56 PM

      I don’t think the angels have the pieces for that trade, after getting Grienke.

  5. randygnyc - Aug 31, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    On another note, Jon Lester was claimed from the red sox today. That trade could be possible….

  6. rooney24 - Aug 31, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    People are blowing this waiver claim stuff way out of proportion. It is not a big deal. All teams do it every year. In the Mariners case, I think you send the good pitchers thru waivers and hope guys like Millwood are ignored, and then you can maybe work a deal with any team. Throw a bunch of names out there and hope to slide the guys through that you may actually want to move.

    Some in MN are going crazy that Mauer was on waivers and all up in arms about what it means. The only thing it really means is that the front office is doing their due diligence and not sitting on their thumbs.

    One question I have wondered is when a player has a no trade clause, if another team claimed him, the first team couldn’t trade him without the player’s ok. But, could they just let a player go through waivers, and move him to another team that way?

    • vivabear - Aug 31, 2012 at 5:02 PM

      ^^^^ Exactly.
      This waiver game has been going on for years, and out of all that time a superstar finally gets claimed and traded (Adrian Gonzalez). Now some people seem to be expecting a lot more similar trades.

      If a player clears waivers, and has a no-trade clause and/or 10 and 5 rights – yes he must approve the trade before it can happen.

    • Walk - Aug 31, 2012 at 6:21 PM

      No trade clause still has to be waived, most recently that was the case with carl crawford i believe.

      • Jeremy T - Aug 31, 2012 at 7:39 PM

        Both Crawford and Beckett, actually

    • rooney24 - Aug 31, 2012 at 6:27 PM

      I understand the no trade would need to be waived for a trade to happen. But, if they just let the waiver claim go thru and the other team have it, would that go through? In other words, would a no trade help protect from the waivers themselves?

  7. watermelon1 - Aug 31, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    As a fellow stuggling franchise the past decade+, the Mariners should understand that the Orioles finally have something going, and be willing to trade Felix Hernandez to Baltimore, assuming the Orioles are willing to “sell the farm” on all those “top prospects” they have been banking on the last couple years.

    Felix would be put in an immediate position to win now, and compete for a playoff spot. He’d also get an even bigger spotlight playing in the AL East. Of course, perhaps that’s why he likes Seattle and prefers to stay… because he still is able to remain out of the spotlight playing for an otherwise below-average team that plays their home games very late.

    Either way, would be awesome to see the O’s finally go after a top-tier player… and then to see just how far they can take this thing.

  8. hokiegajanisgod - Sep 1, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    “Of course, perhaps that’s why he likes Seattle and prefers to stay… because he still is able to remain out of the spotlight playing for an otherwise below-average team that plays their home games very late.”

    You know what the King is thinking??? That sounds stupid.

  9. liddogg33 - Sep 2, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    The only two pieces worth trading king felix would be trout and GOD

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