Joe Mauer a Target for Yanks on Open Market after 2010 Season?

Kevin RozellSenior Writer IJanuary 29, 2009

(Zell's Pinstripe Blog)

Peter Gammons talks about Joe Mauer in his latest blog entry. He brings up the point that Mauer’s contract will be up after the 2010 season and states that if Minnesota  doesn't get an extension completed there will be a big competition between the Yankees and Red Sox. This could certainly happen, as both clubs have issues at catcher.

The Red Sox don’t really have one at the moment, as Varitek is still deciding on whether or not he will return. The Sox made him a $5 million offer, with a $5 million team option or $3 million player option for 2010.

On the other side, the Yankees have Jorge Posada, who is signed through 2011. Posada won’t be able to play behind the plate at 39 years of age, so they will have to have him switch positions or get rid of him by then.

There is a lot of time until his contract is up, so there is a chance he won’t even hit the market. Only time will tell.  However, this brings up a question: What happens to prospects Jesus Montero and Austin Romine?

"Memo to Twins CEO Jim Pohlad: Get Joe Mauer’s contract extension completed as soon as possible, because he will force the next great Yankees-Red Sox war if he hits the free-agent market in November 2010."

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