Rollins is still a Phillie after waivers and his no-trade clause
The Phillies signed Jimmy Rollins to a extended contract in December of 2011 to a three year deal for $33M, (with a club option of a 4th) possibly taking Rollins to the end of his career in baseball.
Yesterday, the Phillies put Jimmy Rollins on waivers, which is a gauge of seeing what teams are interested in a player after the trade deadline, no team ‘claimed’ Jimmy Rollins so it was kind of a moot point, and Rollins has an ironclad ‘no-trade’ clause in addition to this. If any team had claimed Rollins, he would have had to approve such an acquisition.
Why then would the Phillies even put Rollins on waivers, and what are waivers?
Here’s an explanation and the history of waivers from wikipedia:
Any player under contract may be placed on waivers (“waived”) at any time. After MLB’s July 31 trade deadline and through to the end of the season, however, a team must
place a player on waivers if that player is to be eligible to be traded. The National League (NL)
was the first of the two major leagues to adopt this rule in 1917. Originally it was enforced after June 15, but was later changed as the result of a new collective bargaining agreement.
For many years, players could not be traded from one league to another without being waived by all of the teams in the trading team’s league. Then an inter-league trading period was established, centered on the winter baseball meetings in December. Later, there were two “inter-league” trading periods each year, one from after the World Series until mid-December and the second from a week before spring training
began until March 15. So intent were leagues on keeping their stars from being moved from one league to the other, that then-National League President Warren Giles
threatened to keep NL clubs from trading major stars to the American League after the deal that sent Frank Robinson
If a player is waived, any team may claim him. If more than one team claims the player from waivers, the team with the weakest record in the player’s league gets preference. If no team in the player’s league claims him, the claiming team with the weakest record in the other league gets preference. In the first month of the season, preference is determined using the previous year’s standings.
If a team claims a player off waivers and has a viable claim as described above, his current team (the “waiving team”) may choose one of the following options:
- arrange a trade with the claiming team for that player within two business days of the claim; or
- rescind the request and keep the player on its major league roster, effectively canceling the waiver; or
- do nothing and allow the claiming team to assume the player’s existing contract, pay the waiving team a waiver fee, and place the player on its active major league roster.
If a player is claimed and the waiving team exercises its rescission option, the waiving team may not use the option again for that player in that season—a subsequent waiver would be irrevocable with a claiming team getting the player essentially for nothing.
If no team claims a player off waivers after three business days, the player has cleared waivers and may be assigned to a minor league team, traded (to any team), or released outright.
The waiver “wire” is a secret within the personnel of the Major League Baseball clubs; no official announcement of a waiver is made until a transaction actually occurs, although information sometimes leaks out
Players are often waived during the post-July “waiver-required” trading period for teams to gauge trade interest in a particular player.
Usually, when the player is claimed, the waiving team will rescind the waiver to avoid losing the player unless a trade can be worked out with the claiming team.