Mauer, Morrison reportedly clear waivers
Aug. 6: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer and designated hitter Logan Morrison have passed through waivers unclaimed, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
The two are now eligible to be traded to any of the other 29 Major League clubs, though it remains to be seen if a market will develop for either player.
Mauer has a solid .357 on-base percentage in 2018, but he offers little power (three homers in '18). In addition, the 35-year-old has a full no-trade clause as part of his eight-year, $184 million contract, which is set to expire after this season, giving him the power to veto any deal. Mauer is a Minnesota native who has spent his entire career with the Twins, so it's unclear if he'd be willing to waive said clause.
Meanwhile, Morrison has recorded an underwhelming .195/.289/.387 slash line with 15 homers after signing a one-year, $5.5 million deal with the Twins this past offseason. He slashed .246/.353/.516 with a career-high 38 homers for the Rays a year ago.
Morrison's pact includes a '19 club option for $8 million with a $1 million buyout. The option will increase to $8.5 million if he reaches 500 plate appearances or $9.5 million with a $1.5 million buyout if he reaches 550, and a $9.5 million option will automatically vest for '19 if he makes it to 600 PAs. However, with less than two months remaining in the regular season, the 30-year-old is still 157 plate appearances shy of 500.