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Report: Joe Mauer, Logan Morrison clear waivers

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Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Twins 1B/DH Joe Mauer and Logan Morrison have cleared waivers. That means the Twins can freely try to work out a trade with any team that might be interested in either player.

This doesn’t mean the Twins are dying to unload Mauer and Morrison. As mentioned in our yearly reminder, teams will often put a handful of players on waivers. Typically, those players are back-end starters, middle relievers, underperforming players on short-term deals, and veterans past their prime with expensive contracts. Every now and then you do see a blockbuster trade through waivers like last year when the Astros acquired Justin Verlander from the Tigers. Most of the time, though, it’s the Mike Fierses and Jordan Lyleses of the baseball world getting moved this time of the year. Any player acquired before 11:59 PM on August 31 would be eligible for his new team’s postseason roster. Any player acquired after that point would be ineligible for the postseason.

Mauer, 35, is hitting .275/.357/.367 with three home runs and 34 RBI in 348 plate appearances this season. He is owed the remainder of his $23 million salary and owns a full no-trade clause, so a lot of things would have to happen in order for Mauer to change uniforms. Mauer becomes eligible for free agency once the season is over.

Morrison, 30, has disappointed with a .195/.289/.387 batting line with 15 home runs and 39 RBI in 343 PA this year. He’s owed the remainder of his $6.5 million salary for the season and has a 2019 option worth $8 million with a $1 million buyout.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.