Hey, don’t get all worked up just because Mauer passed former-Met Sandy Alomar in career hits (1237) tonight.
So Joe Mauer, catcher for the Twins, was placed on waivers. On Twitter, I suggested that Mauer would be a tremendous addition for the Mets, though it will obviously not happen. Briefly, to stipulate why:
1. The Mets cannot afford to add salary, and Joe Mauer earns $23 million per season through 2018.
That is all. The rest is moot. This isn’t happening. There are other aspects to this: the Twins may simply be fishing Mauer out there to see if there’s a great deal for them; there’s no guarantee they’d simply turn Mauer over to the Mets if they claimed him.
But I found it really interesting to hear some of the pushback on why, if the Mets had owners capable of allowing the team to operate at a payroll more consistent with the New York market (or even the smaller markets, like Philadelphia or Boston), it still wouldn’t be a good idea to add Mauer for nothing other than assumption of his contract.
And boy, I couldn’t disagree more. Not because I believe in making moves to make a splash, consequences be damned. I don’t. And not because I believe long-term contracts aren’t risky. I do, and they are.
Posted: August 29, 2012 at 11:09 PM | 36 comment(s)
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