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Know your waiver rules

How and why waiver deals get done in the month of August before setting potential playoff rosters.

Originally Published: August 16, 2004
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

Warning from the surgeon general: Trying to make sense of baseball's waiver system can be hazardous to your mental health.

There are all kinds of waivers for all different occasions. But essentially, here is how waiver deals can be made between Aug. 1 and the Aug. 31 deadline for setting potential playoff rosters:

Virtually every player in the major leagues will be placed on waivers this month, whether a team intends to trade that player or not. If nothing else, the sheer volume of ...

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