Twins place Justin Morneau on waivers

8/13/13 in MLB   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Jul 31, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau (33) reacts after a strike out during the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Target Field. The Royals defeated the Twins 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY SportsMinnesota Twins first baseman/designated hitter Justin Morneau was considered a very possible trade candidate leading up to the league's non-waiver trade deadline on July 31. The Twins have struggled mightily this season, and the 32-year-old Morneau is in the final year of his contract. However, Morneau's numbers tanked in the month leading up to the trade deadline, as he batted just .175 with only five RBI over 25 games in the month of July.

Since the calendar struck August, however, Morneau has really turned it on. He is batting a modest .269, but has blasted six homers to go with 14 RBI in only 12 games this month. Contenders who were put off by Morneau's July slump are likely intrigued by how the former MVP has turned his game around.

Now that the non-waiver trade deadline has passed, Morneau needs to be placed on waivers in order for a trade to be executed. Though the news of Morneau landing on waivers broke today, the Twins reportedly placed him on waivers on Monday, meaning his 48-hour claiming period will expire on Wednesday afternoon. If a team claims Morneau off waivers, they will have 48 hours to work out a deal with the Twins. If no deal has been agreed upon at the end of the 48 hours, the Twins can pull him back off waivers. If no team claims Morneau, the Twins are free to negotiate a trade with any team.

Teams in search of a first baseman or designated hitter will surely take an interest in Morneau. Because he was placed on waivers by an American League team, the other American League teams - in reverse order of record - will get the first chance to claim Morneau. This makes it very possible that a contender such as the Yankees, Indians, Orioles, Rays, A's, Rangers, or Red Sox will go after the four-time All-Star.

Given his recent outburst, there is a pretty good chance that Morneau gets claimed. With his claiming period ending on Wednesday afternoon, we'll know pretty soon if any team claims him, at which point we'll see if they can work out a deal for the Canadian slugger.
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8/13/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Eh, just about everyone gets put on waivers in August. What matters is if anyone claims Morneau, and if so, who.