Felix Doubront was placed on waivers, reportedly twice, and MLB wants to know who was feeding that information to the media. (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)
You likely noticed that an inordinate amount of the waiver wire news from August -- and continuing into September -- was Red Sox-related. There were reports of Carl Crawford, Kelly Shoppach, Nick Punto, Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Jacoby Ellsbury, Daniel Bard, Felix Doubront, and more ending up on trade waivers -- as well as if they were claimed or passed through waivers -- while the 29 other teams combined for roughly the same number of reports.
Most teams put multiple players on waivers, but unless someone is claimed, or a trade is imminent, little is made of it besides the biggest players around. Think Cliff Lee, for instance, who was put on waivers at the start of August, and was subsequently and understandably claimed. No offense to Felix Doubront, but he's no Cliff Lee, so how is it that all of these waiver transactions were leaked?
Major League Baseball is looking for the answer to that very question, according to WEEI's Rob Bradford:
According to an industry source, Major League Baseball is investigating the unusually high number of reports regarding waiver wire activity involving the Sox throughout August. MLB has told the Red Sox, however, that the organization is not under suspicion for leaking any of the information. (Teams are usually motivated to not have such information leaked out due to reaction from their own players, along with possible ramifcations for any potential trades.)
If MLB discovers the leak, then that person is likely going to be fined for their actions. Considering the number of leaks, that's a whole lot of fines, should something come of this. It will be interesting to see just what MLB finds, and if it makes next August a quieter one for all.