By Mike Ricchione
Another trade deadline has passed us and you may be really elated or discouraged based on your team’s actions during this time period.
Are you upset over your team’s deadline actions?
Do not fret as we have another deadline that is lesser known but you can still see a good amount of moves happen.
This is called the waiver deadline.
Players who a team wishes to trade a player after the July 31 deadline must now put said player(s) on what is called trade waivers in which he is exposed to all other 29 teams in the league.
Unlike outright assignment or unconditional release waivers, you can pull back the waivers if another team puts a claim on that player.
Technically trades whether a player needs to clear trade waivers or not can happen at any time.
However, for a player to be considered postseason eligible, he must be traded on or before August 31.
These players have managed to remain on their teams throughout the July 31 non-waiver deadline but they might not be so lucky come August 31.
1. Matt Harvey – Cincinnati Reds
After being traded to the Cincinnati Reds, the Dark Knight is rising and he could compliment any team in contention for the Commissioner’s Trophy
Ever since moving to a smaller market, Harvey has pitched to the tune of a 4.44 ERA, including a 3.82 ERA in his last seven starts.
Being a free agent after this season, it shouldn’t cost a lot to obtain his services.
However, he should be limited to the smaller markets.
He might not be ready to be reintroduced into a big market such as New York (again) or Boston.
2. Devin Mesoraco – New York Mets
Devin Mesoraco was the return the Mets got for Matt Harvey.
Another player who was good a few years ago for their former team but has fallen apart.
Mesoraco has also garnered some interest on the trade market but hasn’t been dealt yet because the Mets, “haven’t received the right offer.”
He is far from the same guy who hit 25 home runs in 2014 but he has performed slightly better from his recent Reds numbers.
Not only that but he has been healthy throughout the season (despite being on the Mets) and he might approach his 114 game mark ever since his career year in 2014.
To sum it up, Mesoraco has slightly improved with the stick, he comes well prepared and manages the battery really well.
A trade to a National League contender will be the best fit considering throughout his career, he’s only played on the senior circuit but his valuable intangible might become less effective right away if he switches league.
3. Andrew McCutchen – San Francisco Giants
The San Francisco Giants are still in contention.
Heading into play on August 1, the Giants are five games back behind the NL-West leading Arizona Diamondbacks and 4.5 games back of the NL Wild Card
However, they didn’t make any moves at the non-waiver deadline so it’s either they go after one of these other candidates to improve their team the best they can.
It’s not like there’s any more Manny Machados on the market.
McCutchen’s production has been down in recent years but it’s not at the rate of which the first two names, Harvey and Mesoraco have experienced in recent years.
McCutchen still boasts a high on-base percentage, .357 and Batting Average on Balls in Play (BABIP), .310.
If San Francisco decides to sell, he’ll be the biggest player overall on this market.
4. Curtis Granderson – Toronto Blue Jays
There’s no question here, the Toronto Blue Jays are selling.
Recently, they traded away LHP’s J.A. Happ and Aaron Loup and RHPs Roberto Osuna, Seung-Hwan Oh and John Axford.
They were unable to trade away OF Curtis Granderson who is a veteran piece who teams would love to pick up this time of year.
This season, Granderson is batting .235/.336/.419 with his BABIP of .313.
Granderson being a rental won’t cost much and his veteran presence not only in the regular season but in the playoffs could prove intangible.
5. Bartolo Colon – Texas Rangers
He’s 45 and he’s still going out there every fifth day eating innings.
The Texas Rangers are out of contention at this point and Colon is a free agent after this season.
Colon is still a serviceable veteran and can come in handy in the playoffs if you insert him into your bullpen.
I think if you’re able to make any sort of trade even if it’s for this year’s 324th round pick, I would take it.
Why not give Colon what might be his final chance at a World Series?
Mike Ricchione is just like you, he watches the game, talks about it with his buddies, yells at the screen and bitches on social media when his favorite team, the New York Mets, well … Met. You can follow him on Twitter @MikeRicchione and listen to his MLB Talk Show, Rounding the Bases Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 – 6 p.m. EDT on 107.7 The Bronc.