Joe Mauer reportedly placed on waivers, but move likely means little
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According to a report by FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal late Tuesday night, Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer was placed on revocable trade waivers earlier this week. The waivers expire at noon on Wednesday, per the report.
Because waiver information is usually kept confidential between teams, Twins officials declined to comment on the report, per team policy.
But it's likely there is no reason for Twins fans to get riled up.
As one major league source pointed out, the Twins traditionally place all of their players on waivers each August as a matter of procedure, regardless of whether they intend to trade those players or not. Several -- if not most -- other teams do the same.
After the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, players can still change teams, but teams must place those players on waivers before completing any deals. If a player is claimed, the team that placed the player on waivers can do one of three things: Pull the player back, award the player (and his salary) for nothing (see: Alex Rios), or negotiate a trade.
Placing players on waivers in August is a "just-in-case" procedural move for almost every team in baseball.
If the report is correct, however, it does open up an interesting conversation about Mauer's long-term future and the Twins' immediate future.
Mauer is under contract for $23 million per year through 2018, and he also has a full no-trade clause. Several people within the organization were rightfully frustrated with how 2011 played out for Mauer, both on the field and from a public relations standpoint. But the vibe has changed internally now that Mauer is hitting .309/.403/.425 while on pace to play the most games of his career.
There are currently no indications that he or the Twins want to part ways.