The Minnesota Twins, general manager Terry Ryan said Wednesday, are not trying to trade Joe Mauer.
"Whoever said we were? Nobody," he said. "How can I respond to something like that? Whoever said we were trading Joe Mauer?"
Nobody, really, but it made for lively conversation after it was leaked that Mauer, the Twins' all-star catcher and the 2009 American League MVP, was placed on revocable trade waivers this week. Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal first reported it on Twitter late Tuesday, and it was the talk of Twins Territory on Wednesday, squelching even the announcement that Target Field will play host to the 2014 All-Star Game.
"I feel bad for my mom," Mauer said before going 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run in the Twins' 10-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners. "She was out at the state fair today, doing a thing for Kemps, and I don't think they were talking a whole lot about ice cream."
Because Mauer wasn't claimed, the Twins are free to shop him to any other the league's other 29 teams, though there are several catches, the biggest being the fact that Mauer has a full no-trade clause in the eight-year, $184 million extension that went into effect in 2011. With that and an annual payroll hit of $23 million for the next six years, the three-time AL batting champ is virtually untradeable.
Mauer didn't know he had been placed on trade waivers until after waking up Wednesday. Aside from the fact that his mother, Teresa, had to field questions about it all day, he didn't seem to care much.
"From my understanding of the whole thing, it won't be the first time or last time I've been put on trade waivers," he said. "It's part of the game. I was a little surprised about how much coverage there was and how many questions I was asked about it."