- Buster Olney, Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
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Baltimore's Miguel Tejada and Oakland's Mike Piazza, two major stars mentioned in trade rumors during the summer, hit the waiver wire in the last week -- and one is now in a position to be dealt in August, while the other is not.
Tejada was claimed on waivers by the Chicago White Sox, who may be looking for a shortstop as they consider whether or not to pick up the 2008 option on current shortstop Juan Uribe, who is hitting .215 with 11 homers and 43 RBIs. But the Orioles and White Sox did not work out a deal to allow Tejada to go to Chicago. The Orioles will keep Tejada for the rest of the year, sources say.
When players are placed on waivers in August and are claimed, their current team has three options: work out a trade with the team that claimed the player; give the player to the team that made the claim without compensation; or withdraw the player from waivers. If a player is withdrawn from waivers in August, he cannot be placed on so-called trade waivers again, and that is apparently what is taking place with Tejada.
Piazza, hitting .292 with three homers for the Athletics, passed through waivers without being claimed, which means that Oakland can now trade the designated hitter/catcher to any team interested. Minnesota and the Angels briefly considered making deals for Piazza in the weeks and days leading up to the July 31 trade deadline.
Buster Olney is a senior baseball writer for ESPN The Magazine.