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The Boston Red Sox have coveted Minnesota Twins catcher ever since the hometown product was selected as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2001 MLB First Year Player Draft. It was not as if the Red Sox ever had a chance at drafting Mauer, as they did not even possess a pick in the first round that year, but they have always wanted Mauer in Boston. After the Twins signed Mauer to an eight year contract extension worth $184 million in 2010, it appeared as if the Red Sox would never be able to acquire the player they most coveted. But now, two years later, that dream could very well become a possibility. That is, provided Boston is willing to assume Mauer’s hefty contract while satisfying Minnesota with a package of highly touted young prospects. Basically, if the Red Sox still want Mauer as much as they once did, then the time is now for them to go out and get him. The Twins have placed Mauer on waivers, and it is not yet known as to whether or not the Sox will put in a claim on him to test the waters on a potential trade. If claimed, The Twins could either work out a trade with the Red Sox for players, let him go for nothing and just force Boston to assume all of his remaining contract, or pull him off of waivers and move on as if nothing happened. Either way, it could make for an interesting 48 hours in Boston. And Minnesota. It is truly surprising that Mauer has been placed on waivers, being a local kid who has spent all eight of his big league seasons in Minnesota. But when you consider that the Twins are still on the hook for $142.5 million to Mauer through the 2018 MLB season, it is not all that shocking that Minnesota would at least attempt to weigh the possibilities of dealing their 29-year-old catcher. But will Boston bite? The Red Sox have proclaimed that it is a new day. Gone are the days of becoming the New York Yankees, only not as successful and more unpopular. They have said they are no longer just going to go out and sign all of the top free agents and spend a ridiculous amount of money on players just to keep them from signing with the Yankees, or Philadelphia Phillies or Los Angeles Dodgers. That is why they have undergone a recent purge, trading away Kevin Youkilis, Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and others, saving them over $275 million over the next handful of seasons. But now, when someone such as Mauer becomes available, will they be able to stick to their guns and maintain this new philosophy? If they are smart, then they will stick to their new guns and pass on Mauer. It is the fiscally responsible thing to do. And isn’t that what the new Red Sox are all about? Granted, Mauer is back to form this season after suffering through an injury riddled 2011 while watching his numbers fall off the board. In 2012, Mauer has missed just nine games for the Twins and is batting .309 with 66 RBI.  He will never come even close to replicating his power surge numbers from 2009, when he slugged 28 home runs, but he should still be able to hit around .300 with a high OBP for the next few seasons, before a team is forced to remove him from behind the plate for good to save his knees. But when you consider just how much payroll the Red Sox shed by trading away three of their highest paid players to the Dodgers, they would be insane to make a deal for Mauer and assume his gigantic salary for the next six seasons. While his average will never approach that of Mauer, Jarrod Saltalamacchia is more than capable of handling the duties behind the plate while putting up much better home run numbers. Boston is also counting on big things from Ryan Lavarnway down the road. While we do know that Mauer was placed on waivers by the Twins, we have absolutely no idea whether or not the Red Sox – or any other team for that matter – will claim Mauer. By claiming a player with such a massive contract and amount of money still owed, teams take a risk that they could be forced to take on the player and have to pay him everything he has coming for the life of the contract. Their former team would not have to work out a deal for players. But in Mauer’s case, there is next to no chance that Minnesota would ever consider strictly unloading Mauer in a salary dump. They would never recover from the backlash from the fans and media. With that being said, it is still highly unlikely that the Twins would trade Mauer to the Red Sox over the next couple of days. It was already extraordinary that the Red Sox were able to pull off one major trade after the non-waiver deadline. To pull off another one would of this magnitude would be nearly impossible. But as for the Twins and Mauer, if they already placed him on waivers once, expect them to at least entertain the idea of trading him this offseason. At that point, you can once again expect Boston to at least have Minnesota on speed dial, just in case this whole new philosophy does not last as long as the front office believes.  

Will Red Sox bite bullet on Mauer?

Here's the first test for the Boston Red Sox, the first chance for general manager Ben Cherington to demonstrate what his newfound commitment to "discipline" in player acquisitions truly means. The Minnesota Twins placed catcher Joe Mauer on trade waivers Monday, according to a major-league source. The Red Sox not only have long-standing interest in Mauer, but also...

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The Minnesota Twins traveled back home to Target field after a terrible ten game road trip as they play host to the Seattle Mariners for four games at Target Field starting tonight at 7:10 pm CT.  With Joe Mauer slated as the starting catcher tonight, he will break Earl Battey’s Twins’ record for all-time games caught. Mauer has had an interesting career as catcher for the...

Joe Mauer to miss 3rd straight game for Twins

Minnesota Twins All-Star Joe Mauer was out of the starting lineup for the third straight night against Kansas City due to back spasms. Drew Butera started at catcher for the second straight game Thursday night. Mauer's back tightened up before batting practice Tuesday. Mauer, who appeared in just 82 games last season because of various ailments, had played in 131 of a possible...

Joe Mauer Not so Freely Available

Whenever a big-time player hits revocable August waivers, it’s customary for some people to initially freak out, and then for other people to calm them down by saying that lots of players are put on revocable waivers and it doesn’t really mean anything. Obviously, as you know, that’s true. Most of your favorite players will have been put on waivers. Hardly anything will happen...

Report: Twins put Mauer on revocable trade waivers

The Minnesota Twins have placed All-Star catcher Joe Mauer on trade waivers, according to a report by Fox Sports. Wait, what? Joe Mauer, about to be dealt by his hometown team? The report on the network's website late Tuesday, attributed to an unidentified ''major league source,'' was enough to raise eyebrows around the sport. It said the waivers on Mauer expired...

The Business of Basball

It wasn't long ago when Joe Mauer was considered the premier catcher in the game. He was a St. Paul native and the face of the franchise when the Twins rewarded him with a long term deal. Just one year later they put him on waivers to check out the landscape for dumping his salary. This happened less than a year after three other teams locked committed $200M+ to first basemen.

Report: Joe Mauer Placed on Waivers, Red Sox Will Not Claim All-Star

Another perennial All-Star has reportedly been placed on waivers in what has already been a wild August for Major League Baseball. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Twins placed Joe Mauer on trade waivers Tuesday. As is the case with any player being placed on waivers this time of year, there's three scenarios that could play out if a team decides to claim Mauer...

Joe Mauer Sounds Like a Nice Option, But Red Sox Should Steer Clear Going Forward

The Red Sox got out of debt with one big hand. Now is not the time to push the chips back into the middle of the table. When FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported Wednesday that the Twins placed Joe Mauer on trade waivers, everyone immediately looked in the Red Sox' direction. They're the guys with the extra cash flow, and everyone wants to know how they're going to...

Revere surpasses Mauer to lead Twins' bats

Twins outfielder Ben Revere was never going to catch Angels rookie Mike Trout for the American League batting title, but he did regain the lead among all Minnesota hitters with a four-hit performance Sunday against Texas. After going 4-for-4 in Minnesota's 6-5 win Sunday, Revere improved his season batting average to .315. He was hitting .307 entering Sunday's series finale...

Trade in the Works for Joe Mauer?

Felix Doubront has been claimed off of waivers by an unidentified team according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.  Rosenthal thinks this could be part of a deal that would send Doubront to the Twins for catcher Joe Mauer who was placed on waivers.  Nick Cafardo reported that Doubront was place on waivers on August 17 so he would have cleared by now.  Either Rosenthal or Cafardo...

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