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Why Mauer to Yanks Makes Sense for Both Sides

By Mike Silva ~ March 18th, 2010. Filed under: Mike Silva, New York Yankees, Rumor Mill.

In the spirit of Albert Pujols/Ryan Howard rumor, Bill Madden jumped in with a scout’s opinion about Joe Mauer. Even though there hasn’t been ink to contract since there were reports of a deal between Mauer and the Twins a couple of months ago, it seemed to be a foregone conclusion the two sides would eventually agree. However, there appears to be rumblings that negotiations aren’t as “rosy” as some may think. Then Bill Madden throws out this scouts quote:

“But in my opinion,” said one scout, “the next catcher for the Yankees will be Joe Mauer. Imagine if the Twins don’t sign him and he goes out there on the market next winter with both the Yankees and Red Sox in need of a catcher? That will be the wildest bidding war in baseball history, and don’t think his agent doesn’t know it. And if they (Twins) decide to trade him, the Yankees have the better pieces to get him.”

Even though the Twins are moving into a new ballpark will they ever have the revenues to produce a payroll more than the projected $96 million this year? Can they afford Mauer to clog up 15 to 20 percent of that total?

Signing Mauer is a no brainer for his on the field ability, but he means so much more to the state since he is a local Minnesotan. If he ever wears another uniform it may be their version of Tom Seaver getting traded to Cincinnati. The flip side is this could be the best thing for both sides.

The Twins could get a king’s ransom from the Yankees for Mauer. Think Hughes, Joba, and Montero as cornerstones of the package. If they are concerned about development timeline of Montero, then perhaps you could add Posada to the deal since he only has a year left on his contract. If the Red Sox come calling then the package could get even better. You would think Smith could take some learning’s from the failed Santana negotiations. The Twins could continue to contend this year and reload for the future. If there is one organization that has proven it can lose stars and still move forward it’s the Twins.

Is this wild? Yes, I am throwing out a crazy idea. But it’s no crazier than Santana going to the Mets for a bunch of 4-A prospects. Signing Mauer, a catcher, to a deal that potentially could take him into his mid to late thirties is risky. The front half is a dream. The back half could become a payroll nightmare. The Yankees have their own issues having to resign Jeter, Rivera, and Joe Girardi. I can’t see the biggest brand in sports allowing a “budget” to pass on arguably the best player in baseball. Don’t mistake a Johnny Damon budget to be the same as one for Joe Mauer.

Mauer deserves the big stage of New York. This may pain the people of Minnesota, but if the Twins were smart they would at least call the Yankees and Red Sox to see what could be done. They may not be disappointed.

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6 Responses to Why Mauer to Yanks Makes Sense for Both Sides

  1. TT

    Actually this makes no sense for the Twins. They already have more pitchers than they have room for and Chamberlain and Hughes are just aging prospects at this point whose performance, like most other New York ventures, hasn’t lived up to their hype. Mauer deserves a better team than the Yankees with its host of fading prima donas.

    As for those “AAAA” prospects the Twins got for Santana. One of them, Carlos Gomez, will be the starting center fielder for Milwaukee and JJ Hardy, the return on Gomez, will be the Twins starting shortstop. Another of those AAAA guys, Kevin Mulvey, was traded for Jon Rauch who probably pushed the Twins into the playoffs last year and is a leading candidate to be the Twins closer unless Nathan miraculously recovers. Not a bad return for a single season of Santana, which is all they gave up.

  2. paul

    you must be smokin somethin really good if you think the yankees chave the best package..ellsbury,70 steals.300,casey kelly,bucholtz,..joba is overated,hughes does look solid,and montero is unproven,even though ive heard great things,ellsbury is better than anyone there,and bucholtz already has a no hitter.

  3. Stu Baron

    On a slow news day in spring training, guys like Madden can’t resist making these things up to fill space and sell papers in New York. Just once, I’d like to not see a manufactured rumor about any and every elite player ending up on the Yankees.

    Doesn’t anyone else get tired of this and see it for the BS that helps guys like Bill Madden make a living when there’s not much real news to report?

  4. Mike Silva


    I think the scout’s comments was really what stirred this up. I mean, the Yankees probably would go “all out” for Mauer if he was a free agent. The Sox too, so its not completely crazy. I find it ironic that many don’t think its enough of a package (Twins side)

  5. Stu Baron

    Madden’s a professional and I have no basis on which to assume he’s crossed any ethical lines, but I find it curious that the scout was not named, and Madden didn’t say that the scout asked that his name not be used…it’s not even clear when the scout said this; it may not have been during the conversation described in the column…

    But I seriously doubt that the Twins will let Mauer get away…

  6. Subway Squawkers

    The Yankees are not going to be able to trade for Mauer. Remember how much Minnesota wanted for Santana, and how little the Mets got him for?

    That being said, if Mauer becomes a free agent, I expect the Yankees to go after him hard – and probably get him.

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