According to Bill Madden of the New York Daily News, the Yankees are watching the Joe Mauer contract talks "with keen interest." Madden talked to some scouts recently and they all seem to agree that the Yankees have what it would take to make a trade for the Minnesota catcher.
Will Joe Mauer become Yankee at some point this coming season? I don't think so. The Twins, who have let so many of their stars get away, cannot afford the same fate for this one. Minnesota native, new ballpark, etc.. We all know the reasons. But, what if it did happen? What if Mauer became the Yankees starting catcher? I keep thinking about one thing that could get dicey if it happens: Jorge Posada.
Jorge Posada won't give up his catcher's gear without a fight. We've seen that over the past few years when he's been injued. Will he fight if Mauer dons pinstripes? The Yankees are watching the contract talks with keen interest, but I hope they've been keen on Posada as well: sitting him down and letting them know their plans before announcing to the world that they're on the Mauer Watch. They probably have. I hope.