[QUOTE]You claimed they should not place Wake on waivers in the process of DFA'ing him. I'm saying that they should and that there is no reason not to. Perhaps circumvent was a poor choice of words, but the fact remains, if any team is going to release any player, they should first be waived. Even in the example above, if no team was willing to trade anything for Wake, maybe a team would be willing to take Wake (and his contract) for nothing through the waiver system. No reason not to send him through it No, I never claimed they should "not place Wake on waivers". I said there was no need to do it. You then falsely claimed it had to be done, and are now foolishly running for cover. Since you divert to a red herring, let's shoot that down, too. Waivers loses control over a process that can completely be controlled. There is no time constraint, so there is no need to use it. They can shop Wakefield and controll the process. Any team that might take his contract doesn't need to be discovered through waivers where it theoretically could result in a team that the Red Sox don't like for public relations reasons. But it matters not, as the process is utterly uneccessary and not required as you claimed it was. You claimed that waivers had to be used, and did so arrogantly with the flippant "you do realize". I realize one thing. You don't have a clue what you are talking about. How exactly do you propose the Sox circumvent the waiver system ? You do realize that once a player is DFA's, they have to go through waivers prior to their release right and that there is no downside to this process?
Posted by BaseballGM[/QUOTE]
Mostly in one of three ways:
(1) If you attempt to demote (move from majors to minors) a player who has no option years remaining and has not previously cleared waivers, he will be placed in DFA (and on irrevocable waivers).
(2) If you attempt to remove a player from the 40-man roster who has not previously cleared waivers, he will be placed in DFA (and on revocable waivers).
(3) All newly acquired players with major league contracts are placed in DFA. (Acquired players with minor league contracts are now placed on the AAA roster directly.)"