Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball reports that Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has been claimed on waivers by an as-yet unknown team. The Dodgers can now attempt to work out a trade with the claiming team, or simply give that team Puig. In that case, the claiming team would assume the responsibility for the remainder of Puig’s seven-year, $42 million contract, which has two years and $14 million left. The Dodgers can also pull him back from waivers if they can’t work out a deal, but that would mean Puig would be ineligible to be traded for the rest of the season. August 31 is the deadline for teams to acquire players on waivers and still have them become eligible for the postseason roster. Puig’s
September is nearly here and that means it’s time to focus on the playoff races. A lot of them, like the NL Central and NL East, would require sea change for any current first-place teams to lose their footing. The AL East is another story. The Blue Jays, at 74-56, currently own first place in the division followed by the Red Sox (72-58, 2 GB) and Orioles (71-59, 3 GB). Even the Yankees, who were sellers ahead of the deadline nearly one month ago, can’t be counted out at 67-62, 6.5 games behind. Thankfully, you won’t need the quad-view on MLB.tv to follow, as the Jays and Orioles match up at Camden Yards for the start of a three-game series. Marco Estrada will go for the Jays and Wade Miley will
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that there is a possibility that starter Clayton Kershaw will be activated after throwing a simulated game on Tuesday, Alanna Rizzo of SportsNet LA reports. Kershaw threw a 60-pitch bullpen session on Friday. His activation depends on how he feels coming out of the simulated game. Kershaw, 28, has been out since late June with mild disk herniation in his lower back. There was some consternation last month that the lefty might need back surgery, but he seems to have moved past that worry. At the time he hit the disabled list, Kershaw was a front-runner for the National League Cy Young Award, owning an 11-2 record with a 1.79 ERA and a 145/9 K/BB ratio in 121 innings.