Rosenthal suggested the Boston Red Sox as potential suitors for Mauer. As of yesterday, that suggestion seemed like a plausible option.
The Red Sox had just unloaded upwards of $275 million in the Adrian Gonzalez/Josh Beckett/Carl Crawford blockbuster, making it easier to take on high-priced players now or during the offseason.
As of Wednesday, the Red Sox are not in on Mauer. Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com broke the news on his Twitter feed.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) August 29, 2012
Even though the Red Sox—a very logical suitor—are presumably out of the running for the talented catcher, there are five other teams that would be wise to put in a waiver claim on him.
While his power may be diminishing—making it a somewhat risky business venture—Mauer is still one of the better offensive backstops in the league.