SEATTLE -- While Tony Reagins would neither confirm nor deny the report that Mike Napoli had been claimed on waivers by the Red Sox, the Angels' general manager did say there's a "strategy behind the waiver process," adding that dozens of players appear on the waiver list every day. Manager Mike Scioscia, meanwhile, said it was much ado about very little, if anything. Even though Napoli, the club leader in homers with 21, was not in the lineup for the second game in a row on Monday night against the Mariners, Scioscia said it had nothing to do with a waiver claim by Boston and the possibility of a deal being discussed. "That's the system," Scioscia said. "When it's leaked out, a lot of people who don't understand the system sensationalize stuff. That's routine. Don't read a lot into it. Just about every player on this team has been put on waivers."
The strategies involved are many and complicated. For one thing, it gives a club an idea which organizations have interest in a particular player, and that could lead to a future deal down the road. The Angels have made significant waiver deals the past two seasons, acquiring starter Scott Kazmir last season from Tampa Bay for Sean Rodriguez, Alex Torres and Matt Sweeney and sending closer Brian Fuentes to the Twins for a player to be named later.