MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 27: Joe Mauer #7 of the Minnesota Twins smiles after hitting a single Felix Hernandez #34 of the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning on August 27, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Joe Mauer Placed On Waivers Despite No-Trade Clause

The Twins placed Joe Mauer on waivers Wednesday morning, but his full no-trade clause means the Minnesota native will be able to decide whether or not he wants to leave if any team claims him.

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Joe Mauer On Waivers, But Father Is Not Surprised

The Minnesota Twins' decision to place Joe Mauer on waivers Wednesday might have surprised some of the teams' fans. Jake Mauer, the father of Joe Mauer, is not one of them. Mauer talked to Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press Wednesday:

"Nothing in baseball shocks me, to be honest with you," Jake Mauer of St. Paul said. "I really don't think it's that big a deal. It happens to just about everybody, doesn't it? But I don't think there's anything to it, I really don't."

Jake Mauer then identified the problem that every Twins fan knows: The team needs pitching.

"But I do know that the Twins need to start winning some games. And I don't think the lineup's that bad."

"I think (general manager) Terry Ryan will get it straightened out sooner or later, but who's going to give up good pitching?"

Joe Mauer has a complete no-trade clause in his contract, and the Minnesota native would have to approve of any trade. His father indicated Joe is still dedicated to the Twins, but didn't know what Joe would do if a trade to a contender was proposed.

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Twins' Joe Mauer Clears Waivers

The Minnesota Twins aren't going to be without catcher Joe Mauer, despite Ken Rosenthal's reports via Twitter that Mauer has cleared waivers and can now be traded by Friday at midnight. He also notes that it is very unlikely that any kind of trade is made. Mauer has a full no-trade clause in his contract, and while the team could still work out a deal pending Mauer's approval, it doesn't seem like that's something they're considering at this point.

The Twins placed Mauer on revocable waivers, which made him available to other teams. There was rumors about the Boston Red Sox potentially being interested, but no team submitted a claim. Had a team claimed Mauer, the Twins would have had the opportunity to pull Mauer from the waivers, or negotiate a trade with the team that claims him. As a third option, they could have let the team have him for nothing, but that was always unlikely.

It's still unclear if the Twins are hoping to move Mauer and his $142 million contract, but most are of the opinion that this is unlikely.

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Joe Mauer Placed On Waivers By Twins, No Claim Expected From Red Sox

The Minnesota Twins have placed catcher Joe Mauer on revocable waivers, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. In reverse order of win-loss standings through each league, teams will now have the opportunity to place claims on the player's contract, although it's unclear if the Twins actually want to get rid of Mauer's deal.

If a team claims Mauer, the Twins will be left with three options. They can either hand off the catcher's contract for nothing, attempt to negotiate a trade that would return talent, or pull the player back off waivers. Once the player has been claimed and pulled back, Minnesota can place him on waivers again, but they won't be able to pull him back if claimed.

This could be an opportunity for the Twins to shed major long-term financial commitments, as the Boston Red Sox proved recently by dealing over $200 million in guaranteed contracts to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Mauer is owed $142 million through 2018, by far the largest financial commitment on Minnesota's payroll.

The Twins don't appear to be looking for major financial savings these days, though. A team recently claimed first baseman Justin Morneau's contract, which includes a $14 million salary for 2013, but the Twins opted to pull him back and retain his services.

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Red Sox don't plan to place a claim on Mauer, so that removes one of the big-money possibilities from the mix. If any team claims Mauer, you'd have to believe that it's a team with major money to spend.

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