The Minnesota Twins have placed All-Star catcher Joe Mauer on trade waivers, according to a report by Fox Sports.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins have placed All-Star catcher Joe Mauer on trade waivers, according to a report by Fox Sports.
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. The process is supposed to be confidential.
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Big-name, big-money guys like Mauer land on trade waivers in August all the time. It 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 trade interest.
Mauer woke up to the news and a flurry of phone calls and text messages from friends and family.
“It’s part of the game. I was a little surprised about how much coverage, and how many questions I was asked about it,” he said.
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