Surprise! The Boston Red Sox likely won't claim an available mega contract, less than one week after dumping several of their own, according to a FOX Sports report. Ken Rosenthal writes that, according to his sources, the Red Sox are unlikely to claim the contract of Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer, who was placed on trade waivers this week.
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 club's thinking. (via FOX Sports)
Boston has been linked to Mauer before, and as Rosenthal writes, it's still possible that the Red Sox might try to work out a trade for Mauer in the offseason, possibly involving Jacoby Ellsbury. Mauer is a lifetime .322 hitter with 92 home runs and 568 RBI in nine seasons, all in Minnesota.