Report: Mauer on trade waivers; could Sox be interested?

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Report: Mauer on trade waivers; could Sox be interested?

Now that the Red Sox have freed up over 275 million in their recent blockbuster deal with the Dodgers, how long will they stick to their guns and make sure they spend on the right free agents? How long can they stay disciplined with all their new found cash?

FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal asks the question after he reported yesterday that Twins catcher Joe Mauer was placed on waivers.

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If the Sox truly intend to be more disciplined, as Ben Cherington suggested after the team sent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, right-hander Josh Beckett and left fielder Carl Crawford to the Dodgers, lets see where they will draw the line.

Lets see them pass on Mauer, a player who once was their Holy Grail.

Mauer, 29, has about 142.5 million remaining on his contract, including 138 million from 2013 to 18. The Sox are unlikely to take on that much money so soon after busting out of payroll jail, according to a source with knowledge of the clubs thinking. But they should be tempted to claim Mauer before his waivers expire at 1 p.m. ET Wednesday, dont you think?

Mauer has a full no-trade clause in his contract, but he's spent most of his life in the Minnesota area, and they aren't exactly close to becoming a World Series contender.

For a deal to go down, though, as Rosenthal points out, the Red Sox would have to give up some of its best prospects to the Twins, which is what got them in the mess they're in in the first place.

What would you do? Claim Mauer and give up young arms like Felix Doubront and Matt Barnes? Or leave Mauer be and continue to build up the farm?

Let us know what you think in the comment box below.

Benintendi, Red Sox hang on to beat Cubs, 5-4

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Benintendi, Red Sox hang on to beat Cubs, 5-4

BOSTON - Andrew Benintendi hit a solo homer off Jake Arrieta during a five-run first inning and the Boston Red Sox held on to beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 Friday night.

Every Boston starter had at least one hit, and Hanley Ramirez, Mitch Moreland, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Christian Vazquez also drove in a run each.

Left-hander Drew Pomeranz (2-1) got the win with six innings of two-run ball, surrendering solo homers to Kris Bryant and Albert Almora Jr. in the early innings before settling in. He allowed six hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Boston has won its last nine interleague games at Fenway Park.

Arrieta (3-1) logged his shortest start since Aug. 28, 2014, lasting only 4 1/3 innings and giving up 10 hits and three walks with five strikeouts.

Broadcasting role unlikely for Ortiz, who met with Red Sox this week

Broadcasting role unlikely for Ortiz, who met with Red Sox this week

BOSTON - It's a tad ironic the Red Sox met with David Ortiz on Tuesday about his post-playing career, and then the offense went out and did nothing and Xander Bogaerts was publicly lamenting Ortiz's absence two days later.

John Henry, Tom Werner, Ortiz and his agent, Fern Cuza, met at Fenway Park on Tuesday to discuss the retired slugger’s future role with the organization, team president Sam Kennedy said. 

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Nothing's imminent, but there's one thing Ortiz is unlikely to do with the Sox in the near future: broadcasting. He could still do some of that in the postseason for say, FOX, but it appears an arrangement with NESN isn't in the cards for now, per Kennedy.

Ortiz's role with the Red Sox is still expected to be wide-ranging, something bigger than the standard alumnus agreement. He seems set on taking his time, enjoying his retired life, saying over the weekend he wants to be able to give the job the time it deserves. 

Kennedy in April was unsure if anything would get done this year. 

As for the team's play without Ortiz, and Bogaerts' comments?

"This is an incredibly talented ballclub," Werner said Friday at a luncheon benefitting the Red Sox Foundation and the Foundation To Be Named Later. "I’m really not terribly concerned. Like all fans, I’m a bit frustrated when we don’t give great pitching run support.

"We struggled the last couple of nights. It’s frustrating to think that Chris Sale, who I think is the best pitcher in the American League, doesn’t have much run support. But it’s April. I've been taught to not really look at the standings 'til July. Frustrated by the past two days, but look at the standings, and we’re only one win behind the Cubs. So you know, I mean I wish we were playing a little bit better,  but the team is going to bounce back."

Werner reiterated the Sox have room in their budget to add players ahead of the trade deadline.