Justin Upton Claimed On Waivers, Joe Saunders Not

Aug. 12, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton (10) during the game against the Washington Nationals at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks defeated the Nationals 7-4. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE

It appears that Justin Upton was placed on waivers, and was claimed by another team, whose identity remains unknown at this point. However, this certainly does not mean he is about to be traded, for these are what are known as "revocable waivers". The Diamondbacks can either pull Upton back, work out a trade with the claiming team (they have 48 hours to do), or simply allow the claimee to take the player's contract. The last-named is likely off the table entirely, so the question is whether a trade can be worked out. Since that didn't happen before the trade deadline, when all 29 other teams were in play, it probably won't happen now with only one team available as a destination.

Additionally, it seems Joe Saunders made it through the waiver process without being claimed. That doesn't mean no-one wants him necessarily, and it does free the Diamondbacks up to trade him to anyone for the rest of the season. However, players need to be with a team by September 1, for them to be eligible for the post-season roster, so assuming the destination for Joe would be a side with playoff aspirations, that would strongly suggest he needs to be moved within the next week.

As Piecoro notes, until such a trade happens, it leaves the team with an interesting situation. Do they send Tyler Skaggs back down, burning an option year? Or can they find a way to keep him on the roster until they expand next Saturday? Could there be a six-man rotation for Arizona over the next couple of turns? Stay tuned folks: it should be an interesting ride!

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