MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Twins made a common paperwork move this time of year that reopens the possibility that long-time Twins first baseman Justin Morneau could be traded this season.
According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the 48-hour waiver period expires Wednesday at noon.
Claims are awarded in reverse order of standings at the time of the waiver expiration. Teams in the American League would have first priority.
Due to the recent surge at the plate over the last two weeks, Morneau could draw renewed interest from teams.
The Twins said that there were some inquiries about Morneau before
the July 31 trade deadline, but they also said they weren't going to
just give the former MVP away.
Twins officials told KARE 11 that this step can be a way to test
trade waters, but by no means does it signal a trade is imminent.
If Morneau is claimed, a trade would need to be worked out within a 48-hour window. No agreement in that time frame would mean that Morneau would not be traded this season.
The Twins could also just allow the team to claim Morneau without compensation. They would; however, not have to pay the remainder of his contract this season.
If he passes through waivers without being claimed, Morneau could be traded to any team at any point in the remainder of the season.
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