In response to waiver talk, Mauer says, 'This is where I want to be'
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Yes, Joe Mauer was indeed penciled into the Minnesota Twins lineup on Wednesday night against the Seattle Mariners -- not that there should have been any doubt.
But a FOX Sports report late Tuesday night that pointed out Mauer's placement on revocable trade waivers by the Twins earlier this week -- a report confirmed Wednesday by major league sources -- had fans and media members in a frenzy.
"I just got a lot of phone calls and text messages and things like that," said Mauer -- yes, wearing a Twins uniform -- during batting practice. "It's my understanding that the whole thing is -- it won't be the first time or the last time I'm put on trade waivers. It's part of the game, and I was a little surprised at how much coverage it got."
Mauer reportedly cleared waivers, which means the Twins, in theory, could trade him to any team if not for his full no-trade clause.
"Obviously this is where I want to be, and this is why I signed to play here," Mauer said. "So it was news to me this morning. I just feel bad for my mom. She was out at the State Fair today doing a thing for Kemps, and I don't think they were talking a whole lot about ice cream."
Teams place players on trade waivers in August for several reasons.
• Just in case an offer is too good to pass up. If the Dodgers call 30 minutes before the Aug. 31 waiver trade deadline and offer three top prospects for Justin Morneau, the Twins would be handcuffed if they hadn't passed Morneau through waivers.
• As a blanket policy that all players are placed on waivers no matter if the team intends to trade them or not. This is the policy adhered to by the Twins front office.
• As a smokescreen to disguise who they really want to trade.
• To help gauge interest. If 10 teams put in a claim on a player, the Twins -- or any other team -- would know how many teams might have interest in acquiring him.