MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Fox Sports is reporting that the Minnesota Twins have placed All-Star catcher Joe Mauer on trade waivers.
The network late Tuesday attributed its report to an unidentified “major league source” and said the waivers on Mauer expire Wednesday afternoon. Twins general manager Terry Ryan declined to comment, citing Major League Baseball's policy prohibiting teams speaking publicly about the waiver wire.
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 this month. It's not a sign of a team's desire to get rid of a star but more of a procedural move to gauge potential interest in case a legitimate trade offer were to come about.