Report: Twins put Mauer on revocable trade waivers

Associated Press  |  Last updated August 29, 2012
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. Here's how it works: - Many teams run their entire roster through the waiver wire in August just to see what happens. If another club makes a claim on a player, the team that put the player on waivers can simply pull him back and move on. - The risk to a claiming club is that the team doing the waiving can decide to dump an unproductive, expensive player that way. Or the two clubs can work out a trade, which is what happened when the Boston Red Sox sent Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez to the Los Angeles Dodgers last weekend in that whopper of a nine-player deal. Mauer has a no-trade clause in his contract, so he'd have to approve of any deal. Plus, he's due $23 million annually through the 2018 season. That's a huge chunk of change for any team to take on, particularly for a player with a history of injuries who'll turn 30 next April. And despite the criticism he faced last year while fighting weakness and soreness in his legs and playing in only 82 games in the first season of his mega-contract, Mauer remains a popular player here as a native of St. Paul who has spent his entire professional career with the organization he grew up cheering for. Fans have grown frustrated with his lack of power -- he has eight home runs this year and just 20 in the three seasons since he won the 2009 American League MVP award -- and the percentage of team payroll his salary takes up. But it's hard to envision the Twins better off without him. He has regained his health this year, playing in 120 of the team's 129 games as a catcher, first baseman and designated hitter. He began Wednesday eighth in the AL with a .309 batting average, and his .403 on-base percentage is second in the league. ''You know if he plays, he's going to produce,'' Ryan said. ''He's done a good job of taking care of his body and getting himself ready to play this season.''
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Dallas Cowboys' team employee bus involved in fatal crash

Aldon Smith posts video under a pseudonym of a blunt on Periscope

WATCH: Cam Newton get blocked by a girl playing volleyball

Russia avoids complete ban from Rio Olympics by the IOC

Report: Padres trying to move Andrew Cashner, Derek Norris


Baseball's top prospect called up to majors by Astros

Report: Braves 'aggressively' shopping Francoeur, Aybar

Report: Hue Jackson designing plays for Terrelle Pryor

Report: Darnell Dockett expected to announce retirement

Report: Yankees have not discussed releasing A-Rod

Report: D-Backs making Shelby Miller available via trade

Cristiano Ronaldo spars with Conor McGregor in gym

Adam Silver is the new standard-bearer for league commisioners

Iowa football player held at gunpoint by police while playing Pokemon Go

Eight most significant injuries going into NFL training camp

Man. U players banned from playing 'Pokemon Go?'

Ken Griffey Jr. put on backwards hat during HOF speech

Mike Piazza honors 9/11 victims during Hall of Fame speech

Jeremy Lin hints he is racially profiled by arena employees

Why did Rio mayor offer to put kangaroo in Olympic village?

Joe Maddon wastes no time cracking Chris Sale joke

Report: Lamar Odom walked out on family intervention

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

QUIZ: Name every city to host the NBA All-Star Game

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

The top NHL free agents available as offseason winds down

WATCH: NBA jersey sponsors that need to happen

Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker