• Twins, Bosox, & Yanks To Bid On Mauer After 2010?

    Posted by on September 27th, 2009 · Comments (8)

    Via Charley Walters last Thursday -

    Joe Mauer, despite catching regularly for the Minnesota Twins and missing the first 22 games with a sore back, still has 179 hits this season — without steroids. That’s just two fewer hits than Barry Bonds had in one season during his 22-year major league career. The most hits Bonds had in one season was 181 in 1993 for the San Francisco Giants.

    Mauer is not only leading the American League in batting average (.371), but in on-base percentage (.442) and slugging percentage (.606).

    Mauer, 26, can become a free agent after the 2010 season. When contract talks get serious after this season, the Twins are expected to try to sign Mauer for about $120 million over seven years.

    The New York Yankees, however, with catcher Jorge Posada at 38 years old, are expected to offer more money and possibly more years.

    For instance, the Yankees have first baseman Mark Teixeira, 29, under contract for $180 million for eight years. C.C. Sabathia, 29, is pitching with a $161 million, seven-year deal. Mauer is every bit the commodity.

    Boston catcher Jason Varitek is 37, and it’s clear the big spending Red Sox would love to have Mauer for the next seven or eight years.

    There’s no question in my mind that the Red Sox will make a hard run at Mauer if he hits the free agent market. Should the Yankees get involved too? Probably depends on where New Yorks current crop of catching prospects – Montero, Romine, Murphy, Sanchez, Cervelli, and Higashioka – sits this time next year…

    Comments on Twins, Bosox, & Yanks To Bid On Mauer After 2010?

    1. MJ
      September 27th, 2009 | 9:53 am

      I simply can’t see him landing anywhere other than Boston. However, if the reports are true, it’s encouraging to see Minnesota willing to offer 7Y/$120M for what could end up being the best player in their franchise’s pretty nice history.

      I’ll tell you what, I love Joe Mauer’s game and I respect him a lot but I would really prefer the Yanks not spend that kind of money on Mauer. Not because they can’t afford it and not because he wouldn’t be a tremendous addition to the team but just because I kinda want to see him stay up in Minnesota.

      He’s a hometown boy, growing up right in the Twin Cities. How often do you get to see a kid grow up in a city and play for that city’s big league club and forge a potential Hall of Fame career? I sound like a heretic for saying it but I really want to see Mauer stay at home.

      Having said that, I’m nearly certain Boston plucks him from the Twins.

      I’ll be curious to see if Boston keeps V-Mart after 2010 and makes him their everyday 1B, moving Youk to 3B permanently. Resigning V-Mart and Beckett and getting Mauer is probably more than the Red Sox want to spend in one off-season if they still want to pretend they’re the little engine that could…

    2. yagottagotomo1
      September 27th, 2009 | 10:24 am

      MJ wrote:

      I kinda want to see him stay up in Minnesota.

      Totally agree. It would be a travesty if he landed anywhere else. With their new Stadium and having traded Santana, I have a feeling that they will keep him.

    3. YankCrank
      September 27th, 2009 | 11:14 am

      Should the Yankees get involved too? Probably depends on where New Yorks current crop of catching prospects – Montero, Romine, Murphy, Sanchez, Cervelli, and Higashioka – sits this time next year…
      ——–

      Key word: prospects. That’s all they are, and there’s a close to zero percent chance that either of those guys will come anything close to the kind of game Mauer puts together. You can’t not get in on a guy with Mauer’s talent because Montero can hit, or Romine can throw guys out or any other scenario involving these guys in 2010.

      Mauer is a monster, you go after him and if these prospects are so good, trade them.

    4. YankCrank
      September 27th, 2009 | 11:23 am

      I guess i’m also missing the point on how he’ll certainly end up in Boston. If the Yankees want him, and he wants top dollar and to be a Yankee, he’ll be a Yankee.

      That doesn’t mean it’ll happen. The Yankees may not want to invest that much into a catcher, or he may prefer to stay in Minny or may just want to be a Red Sox more etc., but if all things were equal…we are the Yankees, we’ll pay the guy.

    5. Corey
      September 27th, 2009 | 11:25 am

      MJ wrote:

      I’ll tell you what, I love Joe Mauer’s game and I respect him a lot but I would really prefer the Yanks not spend that kind of money on Mauer.

      that’s how I feel too. A long multi-year contract like what Mauer is going to demand scares me when it comes to a catcher.

    6. MJ
      September 27th, 2009 | 12:23 pm

      YankCrank wrote:

      I guess i’m also missing the point on how he’ll certainly end up in Boston. If the Yankees want him, and he wants top dollar and to be a Yankee, he’ll be a Yankee.

      I just have a feeling that the Red Sox will want him. If the Yanks and Red Sox get into a bidding war, yeah, chances are the Yanks could win. But my feeling is that they brought Varitek back for two years specifically so they could wash him off their books and bring in Mauer.

      Posada would still have one more year on his contract if the Yanks brought Mauer in. I’m not saying that would preclude them from being involved (and by then Posada probably won’t be catching regularly anyway) but I just get the sense that Mauer’s the guy Boston wants.

      Corey wrote:

      that’s how I feel too. A long multi-year contract like what Mauer is going to demand scares me when it comes to a catcher.

      I feel the same way. Mauer doesn’t seem overly durable. Not as fragile as others but certainly not the model of great health either.

    7. September 27th, 2009 | 5:41 pm

      I think the twins retain him… guessing they open their tight wallets this offseason to lock him up… if we wants to test the FA, dont rule out Boston trading for him either

      my personal dark horse candidate… in 2010 ManRam contract comes off for Dodgers… they may be in the hunt… russell martin’s star has faded a lot this year…

    8. Evan3457
      September 27th, 2009 | 10:19 pm

      Corey wrote:

      MJ wrote:

      I’ll tell you what, I love Joe Mauer’s game and I respect him a lot but I would really prefer the Yanks not spend that kind of money on Mauer.

      that’s how I feel too. A long multi-year contract like what Mauer is going to demand scares me when it comes to a catcher.

      I’m not worried about his long term future at catcher, precisely because the Yanks have multiple solid prospects at the position. His bat now plays anywhere, and I’ll be he’s more durable in left or right. He’s a tremendous athlete, who still has the speed to convert, if he wants to.

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