BOSTON -- Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said the Twins will keep their options open with potential waiver trades this month but that it doesn't appear likely the club will make any moves.
With right-hander Carl Pavano and closer Matt Capps both on the disabled list, the Twins don't have as many chips to trade.
"I'd say it's probably not highly likely," Antony said. "But we'll do our thing as every team does. And if somebody claims them we'll talk to that club and see if anything makes sense. Just like we did before the Trade Deadline."
Now that the non-waiver Trade Deadline has passed, deals involving players on the 40-man roster cannot be made unless the players already have cleared waivers. In other words, the player must be offered to the other teams in reverse order of the standings, and if he is claimed by one of the teams, he cannot be traded. The club that placed the player on waivers can either withdraw the request and keep the player, or let the player go to the claiming team, which would then have the rights to the player.
Many players are placed on waivers in August, but the list is confidential, so it's unclear whom the Twins have placed on waivers so far.
Pavano and Capps, who are both eligible for free agency after the season, were the most likely candidates to be traded this month, but there's still no official timetable for either of their returns.
Capps has yet to throw a ball since being placed on the disabled list on July 17 with right rotator cuff irritation while Pavano, out since June 4 with right rotator cuff weakness, is tentatively scheduled to make his first rehab start on Tuesday in the Gulf Coast League.