Someone needs to teach the Boston Red Sox the “no” means no. Or maybe they think “Minnesota Nice” translates to “Will Concede Eventually”.
Some people never learn, as evidenced by the fact that, according to Peter Gammons of mlb.com, the Red Sox have reached out to the Minnesota Twins monthly since September to inquire about catcher Joe Mauer:
Red Sox inquired on Mauer in Sept., Oct., Nov…”not being traded” response. Period
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) November 28, 2012
Incidentally, it appears the Sox didn’t read my article from a month ago telling them to move on. Well, I guess it’s their time and money. Since monthly inquiry has been their M.O., it seems a likely guess that they’ll try for a face-to-face discussion at next week’s Baseball Winter Meetings. I’m guessing they Twins will have to tell the Red Sox to inquire again after Mauer gets back from his honeymoon; maybe the Hometown Hero and his Hometown Bride will be ready to waive that Hometown No-Trade Clause.
If I were the Red Sox, I wouldn’t bet on it.