Don’t. Freak. Out.
The hometown hero is here to stay. Teams place players on waivers all the time. This process is supposed to be confidential.
It’s fine that everyone knows about it, but stop wigging out. If Mauer joined the Red Sox, that’s news. Being placed on waivers isn’t.
He gets put on waivers just like everyone else—one season at a time. It’s just after that season he cashes a $23 million check.
For the camp that thinks that the Minnesota Twins are straying from the “Twins Way,” they’re not. They’re simply saying, “Hey, anyone want to pick up the rest of Mauer’s contract and offer us all your best prospects?” (Translation: “Hey want to spend a lot of money to blow up your future only to make the Twins look bad?”)
C’mon, I know that most of you would be sad to see Mauer go, but you know that you’d do it if Minnesota got three top-notch pitching prospects and a couple infielders or something like that.
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