Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki has cleared waivers. That means that the Twins can pursue a trade involving Suzuki with any team.
Suzuki, 32, is hitting .283/.323/.435 with six home runs and 37 RBI in 289 plate appearances this season. He’s owed the remainder of his $6 million salary for this season. He’ll be a free agent after the season, as his 2017 option won’t fest for $6 million as it requires 485 plate appearances during the 2016 season.
The Indians would likely have interest in Suzuki if the Twins are willing to do business with a division rival. The Indians’ aggregate .515 OPS out of their catchers is the worst mark in the league. Yan Gomes has been out since July 18 with a separated right shoulder and isn’t expected to return until September at the earliest. Neither Chris Gimenez nor Roberto Perez have hit well in Gomes’ absence.