Jim wrote:I just knew that trades and signings can happen at any time of day or night. I thought if it is 2am and you finalize a trade that adds 1 extra player (2 for 1, or 1 for pick, etc) and you need to waive someone... how does that work
Well, there's a daily roster deadline, so to speak, and I think it's 5 pm (or like two hours before a game if you play in the afternoon...I'll have to check on that exactly) every day. If you're on the active roster at 5 pm (NY time) that day, then you are. If you aren't, you aren't. So if the player is acquired at 2 am, it won't factor into anything really until about noon NY time (which is when the ability to waive a player takes place).
It wouldn't be terribly hard to negotiate this out during the season with injuries and all that. Especially if it wasn't a game day. You could just send down a waiver exempt player (like a Beau Bennett) for one day, waive or otherwise remove another player from your active roster, have them clear noon the next day, recall your exempt player (Bennett) and be fine.
A lot of teams that find themselves in a situation to make a trade such as that, will only have 21 or 22 with them anyway. Or have guys that can be easily be sent down (such as a Zach Sill or some such).