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Mets trade rumors: Mets made two waiver claims, tried to trade for a reliever

August is the waiver period of the season and the Mets are remaining active.

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Kristie Ackert of the Daily News reported late yesterday that the Mets had made two waiver claims since the August 1 trade deadline past but were unable to work out a deal for either player. One of the claims was said to be for a relief pitcher.

The MLB trade deadline—which typically falls on July 31 but was pushed back a day this year—is more precisely called the non-waiver trade deadline because players can be freely and unconditionally traded from one team to another. After the non-waiver deadline passes, teams can still exchange players but must pass them through waivers before they can be included in any deal.

There’s more to it than this, and you can read about the whole waiver-trade process here. Last season the Mets traded for relievers Addison Reed and Eric O’Flaherty in August after both players had been placed on waivers. Reed was great for the Mets down the stretch and has been even better this season.

Apart from their two waiver claims, the Mets have also placed at least five of their own players on waivers, including Travis d’Arnaud and Wilmer Flores. It’s customary for teams to pass many of their players through waivers in August to keep their options open for possible trades. They can always pull their players back—i.e., take them off waivers—if anyone claims them and a trade can’t be agreed upon.