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Justin Morneau, Paul Konerko placed on revocable trade waivers

Both players will either be claimed or clear by 1 PM EST on Wednesday.


Veteran first baseman Justin Morneau (Twins) and Paul Konerko (White Sox) have been placed on revocable trade waivers, according to MLB Network's Peter Gammons and Ken Rosenthal of

According to reports, both players went on waivers on Monday, and will either clear or be claimed by 1 PM EST on Wednesday.

If a team claims either player, they will have a window of time to negotiate a trade with either the White Sox or Twins, who also have the option of pulling the players back off of waivers.

If Morneau and Konerko clear waivers, they are eligible to be traded to any team in the league, but Konerko's full no-trade clause means that he can block any deal.

Konerko, 37, has indicated that this may be his final season due to his recurring back injury and expiring contract. Although the White Sox decided to sell key assets in advance of the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline, they told teams that Konerko and ace starter Chris Sale were the only two players that they refused to discuss in trade talks. The Pirates were linked to Konerko at various points this summer, and may have interest in him in a waiver-wire deal. It will ultimately be Konerko's decision if he wants to leave Chicago, where he has spent the last fifteen seasons. Konerko has already seen two teammates involved in waiver rumors-- Alex Rios was traded to the Rangers and Adam Dunn cleared waivers and is now eligible to be dealt to any team.

Morneau, 32, has been linked to the Rays, Orioles, Indians, Blue Jays and Pirates this summer, and is more likely than Konerko to be dealt. The former American League MVP is a free agent after the season, and the Twins tried hard to move him before the trade deadline. He has hit .262 with 14 HR and 67 HR on the season, but has declined since his last All-Star campaign in 2010.

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