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Hot Stone League

Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

July 31, 2009 at 10:35 AM

Trading disabled players: Yes, you can

UPDATE 2:10 P.M.: Case in point: Jake Peavy traded to the White Sox.

I know there’s been some debate about whether teams can trade players on the disabled list. We’re not talking about anyone in particular here (cough Erik Bedard cough), just in general terms.

A few days ago, to clarify this point, I talked to an assistant general manager with a major-league team, someone whose job it is to know and implement the arcane rules that govern baseball transactions.

He or she (hey, there are more than one female assistant GMs) told me there is no rule prohibiting players on the DL from being traded. They don’t have to be on a rehab assignment, they don’t have to be activated before being traded, they don’t have to be hidden as “players to be named later.”

As long as the receiving team is aware that the player is on the DL, and willing to accept that player, the trade can be consummated. All that is required, apparently, is to get the commissioner’s office to sign off on it.

So there you have it,. Bedard, er, any generic player on the disabled list, can indeed be traded.

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