Twins Assistant GM Rob Antony says the team will not place Joe Mauer on waivers this month, tweets Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The Twins placed Mauer on waivers last August and Antony said the move caused "just too much confusion."
Mauer cleared waivers a year ago and most likely would have again. The 30-year-old is owed $23MM per season through 2018 and has full no-trade protection thanks to the record-setting eight-year, $184MM contract extension he signed with the Twins in March 2010. Mauer is batting .320/.402/.463 in 443 plate appearances this year, just a tick below his career slash line of .323/.405/.467.