I guess an off day feels like one of those long winter days around the hot stove for me. I was looking over the Minnesota Twins roster and it's interesting to me how unlike in the past for them, they have a better offense than pitching. Of course, any offense in baseball is better than the Twins pitching but with Mauer, Morneau, Plouffe, Willingham, Span, and Doumit, along with the solid Revere, the Twins have a pretty capable hitting team. And I was thinking about how since his injuries have cropped up again, along with the Twins tumbling in the standings, you never seem to hear about Joe Mauer anymore (other than in those Head and Shoulders commercials). So I was looking up some information on him, and I was pretty surprised to hear Twins fans opining that he's unmoveable and a waste of money due to his contract, saying things like "...you're clueless if you think any of those teams would take on Mauer's contract at this point! If the Twins truly wanted to trade him they would have to eat half his contract."
So I decided to take a look at Mauer's deal with the Twins
and it is pretty rough.
But I'm curious: If you were the GM for the Reds and Bob Castellini signed off on bumping the payroll over $100 million, into Cardinals territory, would you try and acquire Mauer or are you gun-shy about trading for an age 30, rather injury prone, non-power elite hitter with a big contract? If it factors into your decision, #19 for us doesn't get into the $20 million range until 2016.
I fully expect the majority of responses to be "HELL no", for the simple fact that it's so much money and his 'best' days (2009) are behind him...it may be the inner Kenny Williams in me but I think I would. I'd see what the Twins are willing to kick in financially and if it cuts Mauer's yearly salary down by several million a year, to say maybe $16 million a year (a hypothetical $96 million dollar investment, though certainly I'd be willing to let Minnesota take on more if they desperately want out of his deal), I'd roll the dice on his health.
So go ahead, tell me what you think. Call me crazy, but it would be pretty fun to have Mauer and Votto hitting back to back, and it's not my money.