September 25, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer (7) during the game against the New York Yankees at Target Field. The Twins defeated the Yankees 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Mauer trade solicited again

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, the Red Sox have reached out to the Minnesota Twins monthly since September to inquire about catcher Joe Mauer:

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.

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  • Darren

    Why wouldn’t they keep asking? Asking costs them nothing and the Twins aren’t exactly on the fast track to the playoffs and unlike the Red Sox they can’t go out and fill their holes with money. If Mauer were hitting 25+ HR’s to go with his onbase skills the Twins would be crazy to trade him, but that contract seriously hampers them and Mauer isn’t anywhere close to worth it at this point.

    Red Sox are probably better off just signing Napoli if they can and spread their money elsewhere.

    • PMinell

      The Twins have been clear that they aren’t changing their mind. But even if they do, the no-trade clause is still there. Everything points to Mauer wanting to stay for now. But you’re right, it doesn’t hurt to ask, even if it’s all smoke & mirrors & they know it. At least it can make their fanbase feel like they’re doing something.