MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins first baseman Justin Morneau knows it's out of his control whether or not he gets traded. That was his approach leading up to the July 31 non-waiver deadline, and he's taking things the same way as the Aug. 31 waiver deadline approaches.
On Tuesday, however, baseball analyst Peter Gammons reportedthat Morneau was placed on waivers. Earlier this month, Twins general manager Terry Ryan noted that the club would likely place every player on the roster on waivers, with catcher Joe Mauer being the lone exception. Ryan saw the hubbub that was raised when word got out last year that Mauer was on waivers, even though it's a fairly common practice throughout baseball.
If Morneau is claimed by a team, the Twins then have the option of working out a deal to trade him to that team. The American League team with the worst record -- in this case the Houston Astros -- has the first chance to claim him, followed by the second-worst record and so on.
Some teams will claim a pl...