By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: August 29th, 2012 at 1:26 am EST
The Minnesota Twins have placed their All-Star catcher Joe Mauer on revocable waivers.
Mauer was placed on waivers earlier this week, before clearing waivers today. The process is supposed to be confidential, as Twins general manager Terry Ryan declined to comment.
“Everybody in here’s been through it at some point,” Twins first baseman Justin Morneau added. “We’ve all been through (it) in the past. It’s a non-issue. There are probably two guys that don’t go through it.”
It is going to be hard for a team to take on Mauer’s huge contract. Many times, huge contract players land on the waiver wires in August every year.
Much of the time, teams put these players on waivers to gauge interest from other teams to see if a legitimate trade can be made. Other times, teams just place the players on waivers, even when they have no interest of ridding themselves of their expensive players.
Mauer found out shortly after waking up. Then, he got phone calls and text messages about the news from family and friends.
“It’s part of the game,” Mauer said. “I was a little surprised about how much coverage (it got), and how many questions I was asked about it.”
If he is eventually traded, he would have to waive his no-trade clause. He is due $23 million annually through the 2018 season.
Next April, Mauer will be 30-years-old, and that’s a lot of money for any team to take on, especially when he has a history of injuries.
He has just eight home runs this season, causing fans to grow frustrated with his lack of power. He also has two home runs since being named the 2009 American League MVP Award winner.
This season, he has played in a 120 of the Twins 129 games, as catcher, first baseman, and designated hitter. In his first year of his new mega contract, he played in just 82 games.
He is currently eighth in the American League with a .309 batting average. He also has a .403 on-base percentage, which 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.”
While he’s on waivers, Mauer does not believe he’s fallen out of favor with his hometown team. He was the first overall draft pick by the Twins in the 2001 MLB Draft.
“I’m sure it’s probably not the first or the last time I’ll be on the waiver wire,” Mauer acknowledged. “I’m still just worried about what I’m trying to do today. I signed here, because this is where I wanted to play.”
He still has six years left on his contract with the Twins, worth $138 million.