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Troy Tulowitzki would be a better trade option for the Boston Red Sox than Joe Mauer.
The idea of Joe Mauer in a Boston Red Sox uniform does have some appeal, but not enough to mortgage a major part of their future.
The injury history and diminished production are certainly concerns, and Mauer will have to continue to be handled with care.
In addition, the package of return players the Twins will likely require will sap the Red Sox both now and in the future. The Twins aren't just looking to build for the future, they're looking for players who are ready right now.
While the Sox have a solid group of core players, taking away complementary pieces from that core is just as counter-productive, especially for a player that comes with a laundry list of concerns.
If the Red Sox were to explore a mega-deal to add to their core, I would be more inclined to pursue another player mentioned by The Boston Globe baseball writer Nick Cafardo in his "Sunday Baseball Notes" column: Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.
Tulowitzi certainly comes with his own injury concerns, but he also brings Gold Glove Award-winning defense and the capability of a 30 HR/100 RBI season year in and year out.
However, acquiring Tulowitzki would likely be even more costly to the Sox than Mauer, so the future once again would be mortgaged.
In summary, it's nice to take a look at players who might look good in a Boston Red Sox uniform. However, the price to be paid to acquire that player can absolutely negate all the good that player might bring along with him. That's not a trade-off that makes sense.
The Red Sox unloaded Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford for good reason: to free themselves up financially from deals that were clearly going to hamstring them in the future.
Acquiring Mauer might not necessarily hamstring them in the same way, but it does take away from the goals of GM Cherington, which is building a team from within and adding pieces via free agency or trade in a prudent fashion.
I say thanks, but no thanks.
Doug Mead is a featured columnist with Bleacher Report. His work has been featured on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, SF Gate, CBS Sports, the Los Angeles Times and the Houston Chronicle.