MLB Rumors: Why Joe Mauer Makes Perfect Sense for the Boston Red Sox
Tonight, the Minnesota Twins have put their All-Star and $184 million dollar man, Joe Mauer, on revocable waivers. If you are confused what revocable waivers are, it’s basically throwing a string with a dollar bill attached to the end of it and yanking it back when someone tries to pick it up. Any team can claim Mauer, but the Twins can say na-na na-na boo-boo and pull Mauer back, which is what would likely happen. Having said that, there is one team that could emerge as a trade partner for Joe Mauer, and that is the Boston Red Sox.
Once I read that Mauer was on trade waivers, the light bulb in my head went off in the shape of the Red Sox logo. It’s amazing how much a trade between the two clubs would help each other. For the Twins sake, they rid themselves of $23 million annually through 2018, which makes a lot of sense for a team that’s in the basement of a bad division with a weak farm system.
In regards to the Red Sox, they have less than $50 million guaranteed salary in 2013, and are in need of a catcher/first baseman/designated hitter for the future. One can assume David Ortiz is done with the Red Sox, and James Loney has little to no chance to stick with the Red Sox past this season. So even if Boston isn’t content with Jarrod Saltalamacchia or Ryan Lavarnway at the catcher’s position, Mauer could step in there as well.
Mauer could split time at three positions, allowing him to stay healthy longer from keeping his knees fresh, all the while giving Boston one of the better sticks in the league. Mauer is still a fantastic hitter. His .312/.406/.429/.835 slash-line is elite, especially if he still can catch a majority of his games.
Lastly, it’s safe to assume a hitter the caliber of Mauer would pepper the heck out of the green monster in left field. Mauer on the Red Sox makes too much sense for it not to happen. Even if we don’t see it by the end of this month, don’t be surprised if the MLB rumors surface this winter about a potential swap.
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