The Minnesota Twins have placed All-Star catcher Joe Mauer on trade waivers, according to a report by Fox Sports.
Wait, what? Joe Mauer, about to be dealt by his hometown team?
The report on the network's website late Tuesday, attributed to an unidentified ''major league source,'' was enough to raise eyebrows around the sport. It said the waivers on Mauer expired Wednesday.
Twins general manager Terry Ryan declined to comment, citing Major League Baseball's policy prohibiting teams speaking publicly about the waiver wire. The process is supposed to be confidential.
The fact is that big-name, big-money guys like Mauer land on trade waivers in August all the time. Most players in the majors are run through the wire after the July 31 deadline for making non-waiver trades. This is usually not a sign of a team's desire to get rid of an expensive star but more of a procedural move to gauge potential interest in case a legitimate trade offer were to come about.
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