Joe Mauer clears waivers

Once the most coveted player in baseball, Joe Mauer has now cleared waivers

8/30/12 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

Aug 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Scott Diamond (58) speaks with  catcher Joe Mauer (7) at the mound during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark.  Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIREA few years ago, Joe Mauer was one of the best players in baseball. Not only did he win an MVP, 3 batting titles, and 3 gold gloves in the span of 5 years, he also played catcher, a premiere position in baseball.

Mauer was set up to be one of the greatest catchers of all time, assuming he could keep up that level of performance for a few more years.

Seeing that, the Twins locked up their hometown hero with an 8-year deal worth $184M, or $23M per year.

Most people agreed that Mauer was indeed worth $23M per year, but some questioned the length of the deal, arguing that 8 years is way too long for a guy who probably would have to change positions at some point in his deal.

It looks like those people may have been right. The Twins put him on waivers, and he actually cleared them.

This is only partially news. Teams put most of their players on waivers almost every year. It gives them a chance to make some otherwise impossible trades after the traditional trade deadline, and it gives them a chance to get rid of guys they might not want.

Most players go unclaimed, but when you're talking about one of the best players in the league, it's usually a bit of a surprise if not a single team makes a claim.

Earlier, when the Red Sox waived Adrian Gonzalez, the Dodgers claimed him (and Josh Beckett), so the Dodgers and Red Sox worked out a blockbuster deal.

Mauer, on the other hand, went unclaimed. Not a single team in all of baseball wanted to take a chance on him and his inflated contract.

Was Mauer's contract a mistake, or did the rest of baseball overlook a great talent?
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8/30/12   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

Pat wrote:
That having been said, the general consensus around here is that the Dodgers most likely claimed Beckett after the bulk of the trade was already agreed upon.

Admittedly I haven't paid THAT close attention to it.  The report out here was that they claimed Gonzalez and the Sox used it to unload Beckett and Crawford.  Either way, the Dodgers committed themselves to a lot of money.  The only useful player in that deal I think is Gonzalez.  And in his Padre days, the stadium he performed worst in was Dodger Stadium.  We shall see how this works for them but personally I hope this blows up in Magic Johnson and his partners faces.

8/30/12   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

ML31 wrote:
I had thought the Dodgers only claimed Gonzalez.  The Red Sox then pulled him back and would only make a deal if they took Crawford AND Beckett AND their salaries off their hands.

That having been said, the general consensus around here is that the Dodgers most likely claimed Beckett after the bulk of the trade was already agreed upon.

8/30/12   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

ML31 wrote:
I had thought the Dodgers only claimed Gonzalez.  The Red Sox then pulled him back and would only make a deal if they took Crawford AND Beckett AND their salaries off their hands.

Technically, they claimed both Gonzalez and Beckett. The Red Sox theoretically could have pulled back Gonzalez and stuck them with ONLY Beckett if they wanted to.

8/30/12   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

I had thought the Dodgers only claimed Gonzalez.  The Red Sox then pulled him back and would only make a deal if they took Crawford AND Beckett AND their salaries off their hands.

8/30/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Just shows how investing in catchers can be a dangerous plan.