Williams expects no August additions

Ken Williams has noticed a very specific trend taking place in regard to trade possibilities involving players on 40-man rosters who need to clear waivers between now and the end of August.

“There is a lot of claiming going on,” a smiling Williams told MLB.com prior to Thursday’s series finale with the Twins, before exiting the White Sox dugout.

A player on waivers can be claimed by any team, and if multiple teams put in a claim, the team with the worst record would have the player offered.

The original team then has 48 hours to work out a trade with the claiming team or remove the player from waivers. A player can be pulled back just once, but if he clears waivers either the first or second time through, a team can attempt to trade him to any team.

Ozzie Guillen’s crew is a victim of its own success, meaning any team in the American League but the Rangers, Yankees, Rays and Red Sox, who have better records entering Thursday, can block a potential waiver wire deal with their claims. A National League player would have to make it through every NL squad and the AL teams.

Those factors lead Williams to believe the roster he has in place now is the roster that will be in place as of Sept. 1.

“I’m just assuming everyone is going to get claimed,” Williams said. “That’s how I go about it.”

And having the ultimate confidence in the White Sox actually becomes a bit of a moot point.

“Whether I do or don’t, it doesn’t matter,” Williams said. “This is what we got.”

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