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.
Former major leaguer Andy Marte, a one-time top prospect in the Red Sox organization, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33.
Marte was killed the same day that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Ventura was 25. Coincidentally, Ventura was the Royals starting pitcher in Marte's final major league game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.
Marte, drafted by the Braves in 2000, was ranked the No. 9 prospect in baseball in 2005 when the third baseman was traded to the Red Sox as part of the deal that sent shortstop Edgar Renteria to Atlanta and Marte became the top-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization.
Marte was traded by the Red Sox to the Indians in 2006 in the deal that sent Coco Crisp to Boston and spent five seasons with Cleveland. His best season was 2009 (.232, six home runs, 25 RBI in 47 games). After a six-game stint with Arizona in 2014, he played in South Korea the past two years.
Metropolitan traffic authorities in the Dominican told the Associated Press that Marte died when a car he was driving his a house along the highway between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.
Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash in in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Ventura was 25 years old.
Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo told the Associated Press that Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Santo Domingo. He says it's not clear if Ventura was driving.
Ventura was killed the same day former major leaguer Andy Marte died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Coincidentally, Ventura was the starting pitcher in Marte's final MLB game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.
Ventura was 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA for the Royals' 2015 World Series champions and 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA in 32 starts in 2016. The right-hander made his major league debut in 2013 and in 2014 went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA for Kansas City's A.L. pennant winners.
Ironically, Ventura paid tribute to his good friend and fellow Dominican, Oscar Tavares, who was also killed in a car crash in the D.R. in October 2014, by wearing Tavares' initials and R.I.P. on his cap before Ventura's start in Game 6 of the World Series in 2014.
Ventura is the second current major league player to die in the past five months. Former Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in Miami on Sept. 25.