Morneau has reportedly been placed on waivers; What does it mean?
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MINNEAPOLIS -- National baseball analyst Peter Gammons reported via his Twitter account Tuesday morning that the Minnesota Twins had placed first baseman Justin Morneau on trade waivers.
The process can be complicated, but it basically boils down to a two-day period in which Morneau can be claimed by opposing clubs. The claiming team would then have a window of time to work out a trade with the Twins, or the Twins could pull Morneau back. The Twins could also choose to just give Morneau -- and his prorated $14 million salary -- to the claiming team for no further compensation (the Blue Jays did this with Alex Rios a few years ago after the White Sox claimed him).
A second trip through waivers, however, would be irrevocable, and the claiming team would automatically get Morneau and his salary for the rest of the season.
If Morneau goes unclaimed, he's eligible to be dealt to any big league team for any non-40-man roster player(s), or any other player who has cleared waivers or has been claimed by the Twins.
The Twins picked a good time to place Morneau on waivers. For the season, he is hitting .262/.319/.425 with 14 home runs in a largely disappointing walk year. However, since the July 31 trade deadline, Morneau has hit .269/.296/.673 with six home runs in that 12 game span, perhaps piquing the interest of potential playoff teams looking for a first baseman/designated hitter with some pop.
Should Morneau be traded prior to Aug. 31, he would be eligible for the postseason roster of the acquiring club. Morneau is eligible for free agency after this season.