Joe Mauer Clears Waivers

Joe Mauer has cleared revocable waivers, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports (on Twitter). The Twins can technically trade Mauer now, but they would need his permission to do so and a deal is highly unlikely. 

The Twins, who placed Mauer on waivers earlier this week, would have to complete a trade by Friday for him to be eligible for another club's postseason roster. However, it's more likely the Twins placed Mauer on waivers as a matter of procedure and don't intend to trade him.

Mauer's record-setting eight-year, $184MM extension assures him of a $23MM annual salary through 2018. The 29-year-old has a .309/.403/.425 batting line with as many walks as strikeouts (70) in 522 plate appearances this year.

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  1. what do you think they would want back for him to do the deal ?#mlb

    • baseball52 3 years ago

      Mila Kunis and good weather in Minnesota. The Dodgers seem like a fit.

    • 0vercast 3 years ago

      Numerous starting pitchers that are MLB-ready or close to it. They’ll need to be blown away by some team looking to overpay with players and pick up his contract as well. Not gonna happen.

  2. No way a deal gets done, he just signed that deal two yrs. ago. I sever ties as a favorite of mine of they do so!! Also this goes for Justin Morneua as well.

  3. Lefty_Orioles_Fan 3 years ago

    The Twins can technically trade Mauer now, but they would need his permission to do so and a deal is highly unlikely. Highly Unlikely? In my mind, it would become more likely.
    The Twins are free to do whatever they want, provided Mauer wants to go somewhere.
    As Orioles fan, I would love to see if we could add Mauer to the “flock”. Worry about how they would fit him into the “flock” later.
    Also, to play along Mila Kunis is hot and I am sure the Twins GM would give that serious consideration, but alas Ashton Kutcher might have something to say about it.
    What I would like to know is what Mila sees in him?

    • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

      i read all of your comments in arthur spooner’s voice. it helps

  4. chicothekid 3 years ago

    He cleared waivers? What? He’s only owed 1/5 of a BILLION dollars and he plays catcher and he’s really close to the wrong side of 30. What’s not to love about this guy? And what’s with the Dodgers showing some financial restraint? Victorino, Hanley, Beckett, Crawford, Agon. Why no love for Mauer?

    • vtadave 3 years ago

      Probably because the Dodgers already have a catcher with a .386 OBP and 11 home runs. Oh, and he’s making $490k this year.

    • dieharddodgerfan 3 years ago

      The Dodgers have a perfectly serviceable catcher in A.J. Ellis so no need for Mauer. Ellis is also under control still for a few years.

      AGon, Crawford and Beckett all fill holes for this year AND for at least the next couple years.

      Dodgers now need to a couple upgrades to the rotation. Won’t likely get that until the Winter, though.

    • Whole_New_World 3 years ago

      AJ’s ears are burning. He just hit a grand slam in Colorado.

  5. His contract is the worst ever.

  6. OaklandFan22 3 years ago

    A’s should’ve claimed him.

  7. Shane McMahon 3 years ago

    And the newest Dodger is…….

  8. Angel Betances 3 years ago

    If alive, George would make Brian Cashman claim him and make him a Yankee.

  9. xcal1br 3 years ago

    Am I the only one who doesn’t get this?: “However, it’s more likely the Twins placed Mauer on waivers as a matter of procedure”. What procedure are they following if they do not intend to try to trade him? Is there ANY purpose to placing him on trade waivers other than to make a potential trade?

    • $17867741 3 years ago

      They are gauging interest.

      If a claim is made, but no deal is completed, then it means that a team is (surprisingly) willing to take Mauer, despite the gigantic contract. This scenario can be can be further explored in the off-season.

      However, in reality, no one claimed Mauer because of the contract. So it’s literally telling the Twins that it is only possible to move Mauer if lots of money is involved.

      Every once-in-a-while a waiver claim is fully realized and the claimed players are traded (Ex. Rios, A-Gon, Beckett, Crawford) so it is worthwhile to at least put a player on waivers.

    • MB923 3 years ago

      Is there ANY purpose to placing him on trade waivers other than to make a potential trade?”

      Can’t this just be said about any player and not just Mauer?

      • xcal1br 3 years ago

        Isn’t that obvious? If it applies to one, it applies to all. In this instance, the article is referring to Mauer. I’m not sure what’s confusing you here.

        • MB923 3 years ago

          Well by your initial post, it seems as if you find this very unusual just for Mauer. I mean I haven’t seen you post in previous player waiver topics (I’m not on it much) but by your post it seemed as if you were surprised only by Mauer.

          • xcal1br 3 years ago

            Well, I just got fed up with seeing this line of reasoning go unexplained. I have never understood the rationale of putting a player on waivers if, for all intents and purposes, you intend to keep him. It always seemed to me to be a bit of a slap in the face to the player. “We’d really like to be rid of you, but no one else seems to want you either.”

            TBJFAN explained it in a way that I hadn’t looked at before, which makes sense.

    • Guest 3 years ago

      the only reason to put a player on waivers now is to let him go or trade him, The Twins want that salary back, and now that the fans are down on Mauer they can at least do it from a fan standpoint. I could see the RedSox trading for him in the off season.

      • johnsilver 3 years ago

        I can’t see Boston biting on that deal, even if the twins pick up the total amount.

        WEEI has Boston (rosenthal) just throwing an idea of Matt Barnes and Felix Doubrant as possible players to go back to the twins. That is more talent than Boston got back from the LAD for moving 260m worth of contracts and the LAD got Adrian Gonzalez in that deal.

        Even if the Twins were to pay the entire amount (130m) left on Mauer’s deal, I couldn’t see Boston giving them a solid SP with 5 years left of control and Matt Barnes to boot, ranked #13 on BA’s mid season top 50 prospect list and would almost certainly vault to the top of the Twin’s prospect charts.

        FWIW: espn, Boston has another MLB source saying there is **no** interest on the part of Boston any longer in Joe Mauer and that is a relief, especially when the name of Matt Barnes comes up…

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