Apr 12, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer (7) looks on during the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Target Field. The Twins won 10-9. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 29, 2012
#Twins’ Mauer clears waivers. Can be traded by Fri. 12 a.m. ET deadline for setting playoff rosters. Highly unlikely. Has full no-trade.
While there is always the possibility, it was never very likely that the 29-year-old would be claimed or traded. The catcher owns a full no-trade clause, is owed $23 million a year through 2018 and is a hometown favorite in Minnesota.
Rosenthal had speculated that the Boston Red Sox could claim Mauer with the money they had freed up, but Jon Heyman reported shortly thereafter that the Red Sox did not intend to do so. Any other teams interested in Mauer now have until Friday to make a deal in order for him to be eligible for their postseason roster.
The MVP backstop has had a return to form following an injury-plagued 2011, hitting .309/.403/.425 with eight home runs in one hundred twenty games.