According to an industry source, Major League Baseball is investigating the unusually high number of reports regarding waiver wire activity involving the Sox throughout August. MLB has told the Red Sox, however, that the organization is not under suspicion for leaking any of the information. (Teams usually are motivated to not have such information leaked out due to reaction from their own players, along with possible ramifcations for any potential trades.)
Under MLB rules, any team or person found to have leaked information regarding the waiver wire process is subject to significant fines.
"That's a lot of money somebody needs to be forking out, because all that does is put stress in guys' heads," Cody Ross said regarding the trend when asked on Aug. 24. "It's B.S., basically. I've never in my life seen it [like it was in August), and it shouldn't happen."
Typically teams put a vast majority of their players through waivers after the non-waiver trade deadline expires at 4 p.m. July 31. Teams are allowed to put up to seven players on waivers per day. If a player is claimed by another team, only the organization that claimed the player and the team that waived the player are notified. The two teams are notified 48 hours after the player is put on waivers. The team that waived the player then has 48 hours to either work out a trade or pull the player back off waivers.
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