Little-known fact: Joey Votto just cleared waivers

Major League Baseball is stuffed full of odd nuances, like the weird Rule 5 draft each December and the fact that runners advance one base if a pitched ball "lodges in the umpire's or catcher's mask or paraphenalia," and the most oddness occurs most years right around this time, when trades go down after the trading deadline.

Oh, and Joey Votto is now eligible to be traded.

The Reds first baseman, Nationals superstar Bryce Harper and quite a few other notable names in the game -- like Chris Davis, Justin Upton, Yoenis Cespedes, Felix Hernandez and Brandon Crawford -- are all eligible to be moved because they’ve cleared waivers recently.

Perhaps you haven’t stopped to think about it, forgot or never knew, but Reds All-Star shortstop Zack Cozart, who was on the disabled list as the July 31 trading deadline came and went, may still be traded.

The team would first have to put him on waivers, and could only trade him if no other team claimed Cozart. If another team claimed the shortstop, the Reds could pull him back off of waivers.

Cincinnati has already put All-Star first baseman Joey Votto on waivers, in fact, and he cleared.

That doesn’t mean the Reds are about to trade him, as he has a no-trade clause and a contract that guarantees him about $164 million through 2023, including a $7 million buyout on a $20 million option for 2024.

That’s not going to be appealing to other teams.

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