Amid reports that the Miami Marlins will be looking for a new manager after the season, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was asked Wednesday about a report linking him to the not-yet-vacant job currently occupied by Dan Jennings.
“I have no idea where that comes from,” Mattingly said.
#Dodgers put Yasiel Puig on waivers last week, sources say. But he was claimed & pulled back. So he won't be traded this month.
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) August 11, 2015
With rare exceptions teams don’t comment on waiver-wire transactions in August, which belies how common they are. As I noted above, everyone goes on waivers in August.
The reason is fairly simple.
This quote from Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi was so overlooked, I completely missed it for two days. I only noticed it just now as I was going over notes for an off-day story. Here it is (words bolded for emphasis):
There were certainly conversations we had with teams where all of our players were at least asked for.
There you have it. If anyone reported that a Dodger player’s name came up in trade discussions this year, they were correct.
Literally every rumor was true.
And yet somehow, not a single player on the Dodgers’ active major league roster was traded. Amazing how that works.