PHOENIX ( Associated Press) – Trading deadlines are always a busy time for the tour’s 30 GMs, who have to assess talent, avert financial implications and figure out what to do with their roster before it’s too late. how to improve
Now there is another factor at play, the vaccination status of COVID-19.
“It’s definitely one of those things that’s new and you didn’t worry about it before,” said Pirates general manager Ben Cherrington. “I think every team clearly wants to feel that every supplement of their roster is available to play, but it’s a new world and individual decisions.”
Those decisions matter because MLB rules around COVID-19 affect all 30 teams differently.
Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen said that the vaccination status of players affects negotiations “to some extent”, but does not think it is a deciding factor in many deals, especially for teams that need Canada in the near future. Don’t have to travel.
Hazen said vaccination status is part of a player’s medical record, so it should be no secret as teams can discuss those details.
As the only MLB team based in Canada, the Toronto Blue Jays face some of the worst sanctions. Foreigners who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 cannot enter the country, with only limited exceptions that require a 14-day quarantine.
Non-vaccinated players are placed on a restricted list, where they do not receive pay and are not counted for service time.
That means any takeover from the Blue Jays, which are in contention for a playoff spot in the American League, would have to be vaccinated. It also means that teams that must travel to Toronto for the rest of the regular schedule must weigh whether they are prepared to acquire a player who could miss out on a crucial series.
The Yankees, Guardians, Rays, Orioles, Red Sox, Angels and Cubs have a game in Toronto after the trade deadline of August 2. Toronto general manager Ross Atkins declined an interview request through a team spokesman.
Several teams have had to travel to Canada this season without some of their best players. The biggest example was the Kansas City Royals, who traveled without 10 players who did not meet Canada’s vaccination requirements.