Joe Mauer will be a huge free agent after the 2010 season, and anyone who can grab a catcher with great game-calling tactics and a great hitting tactic would be one very lucky team.
The bidding for the star catcher will be very high. Not to mention, how much will the Minnesota Twins want their local hero? Also, how much will Mauer want to stay in Minnesota?
His teammate Justin Monreau, who has also fallen in love with his hometown, said he would never talk to Mauer if he left the Twins after 2010.
This season he already has more home runs than he has in any previous season. He has played 58 games and has hit 14 homers, more than the 13 homers he hit in the 140 games he played in in 2006.
This season he is so far batting at a .389 clip, but he has only had two seasons in which he hit under .300 anyways.
For the last four seasons he has hit over 119 hits, and with 84 hits this season already he will easily surpass that.
Every season he has played in before 2009, he has had less than half the strikeouts of Alex Rodriguez. Think about that, a 500 home run hitter gets out on strikes twice as much as Joe.
He calls a great game, and with experience such as catching Johan Santana and Joe Nathan he knows how to catch a good pitcher.
He probably won’t have to catch Wakefield, saying by then there is a high chance he might be retired.
The fact is Joe Mauer could very well become a Red Sox player, and who would be surprised if we embraced him?
Though Joe isn’t a city boy (he lives in a log cabin), Boston might have an edge on New York for that reason. There isn’t escape in the huge Manhattan, but in Boston, Mauer might be a great fit for a town like Marblehead or Salem.
Who knows? We might be looking at our future catcher.