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