Report: Twins first baseman Justin Morneau clears waivers

Wednesday August 14th, 2013

The Twins can trade Justin Morneau after he passed waivers. (Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images) The Twins can trade Justin Morneau now that he passed waivers. (Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

Twins first baseman and former American League Most Valuable Player Justin Morneau has cleared waivers, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Clearing waivers allows the Twins to trade the 32-year-old to any team.

On Tuesday, Peter Gammons reported the Twins had placed the four-time All-Star on waivers Monday. The 48-hour waiver period expired Wednesday at 1 p.m. EDT.

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Morneau has improved offensively this month after a July slump but is still batting a disappointing .262/.318/.423. The remaining $3.44 million Morneau is owed in the final months of his five-year, $80 million contract could be a deterrent to possible suitors including the Yankees, Indians, Orioles, Rays, A's, Rangers and Red Sox -- all teams that passed on him during the waiver process.

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