Brewers infielder Craig Counsell cleared waivers this week, according to ESPN.com’s Buster Olney, meaning the team is free to trade him to a contender this month if the right deal comes along.
The news does not mean that Counsell will be traded or even that the Brewers are talking to any other teams about him. August waivers are revocable, so teams often expose their entire roster to the waiver wire. If a player is claimed, his club can either pull him back, or use a 48-hour window after the claim to work out a trade. Players have to be on a team’s roster by Aug. 31 to be eligible for that team’s postseason roster.
Counsell could make some sense to a team looking for versatile infield help in the same way the Reds were interested in Milwaukee outfielder Jim Edmonds. The Brewers traded Edmonds for outfielder Chris Dickerson last week. Counsell is earning $2.1 million this year on a one-year contract with the Brewers that pays an additional $50,000 each for 50, 75, 90 and 110 games, and $100,000 each for 125 games and 75 and 100 starts.
So far, he’s played in 83 games and made 29 starts.