Red Sox fans have been on the edge of their seats since GM Ben Cherington announced on WEEI that he intends to have a significant payroll in 2013. Although ESPNBoston.com speculated that the team could spend upwards of $100 million this offseason, some of that money may be used to pay players acquired by trade instead of free agency, and Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer is perhaps the biggest name on the Red Sox wish list.
The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo recently wrote that the Red Sox should pursue Mauer. He noted that if Mauer hadn't signed his current eight-year contract with the Twins that, “Boston would have been a likely destination for him in free agency. He lives in Fort Myers, Florida, and has always been enamored with the Red Sox.”
Mauer was mentioned by ESPNBoston.com’s Gordon Edes as the player the Red Sox should pursue during the upcoming winter meetings to become their new first baseman. Edes mused, “How plausible is this scenario? It has been discussed, at least internally.” It will be interesting to see if the team takes his suggestion to heart.
Although MLB.com’s Peter Gammons tweeted that the Twins have resisted numerous overtures from the Red Sox for Mauer in recent months, you can never count Boston out when it comes to making big and unexpected moves. Mauer would be a terrific acquisition.
Following are the six reasons why Joe Mauer is a perfect fit for the Red Sox and Fenway Park.