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Scout: Joe Mauer will be the next Yankees catcher

Mar 17, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

Reporters like to talk to scouts before games. They’re more available than front office people, usually just sitting out in the stands or walking around the ballpark before games. They’re less guarded, too. Like the reporter they’re kind of out there on their own on the road a lot, and when you engage them they’re eager to share. Share stuff like this, which one scout told the Daily News’ Bill Madden:

“But in my opinion the next catcher for the Yankees will be Joe Mauer. Imagine if the Twins don’t sign him and he goes out there on the market next winter with both the Yankees and Red Sox
in need of a catcher? That will be the wildest bidding war in baseball
history, and don’t think his agent doesn’t know it. And if they (Twins)
decide to trade him, the Yankees have the better pieces to get him.”

Not that everything scouts say is stuff you want to hear.

  1. Andrew - Mar 17, 2010 at 8:33 AM

    Whatever. Stop MNbaiting

  2. Jonny5 - Mar 17, 2010 at 8:49 AM

    I just puked into my trashcan. Excuse me while I go empty it. I’m so sick of the mindset where all the best players wind up in NY. I’ve heard this about every top notch MLB player there is. Some Yankee fan always says it “eventually this one or that one will be in pinstripes” As if it’s the goal of every player.

  3. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Mar 17, 2010 at 8:58 AM

    As if it’s the goal of every player.

    Don’t remove any responsibility from the player though. If they are chasing the almighty dollar, then it’ll probably come from the Yanks. But yes, even as a Yanks fan myself, hearing some fans talk about other players as if it’s our right to have them is a bit disgusting to hear[read].

  4. willmose - Mar 17, 2010 at 9:01 AM

    Isn’t this statement tampering?

  5. Old Gator - Mar 17, 2010 at 9:05 AM

    “Oh dear, I have trod in m’sieur’s bucket.”
    …John Cleese
    .
    Traditionally, the Borg is where the fattest payday is. If McCourt and /or his crackpot wife had a fraction of the smarts of the Steinbrenners, they would figure out that they sit pretty in the midst of the second largest city and, all things considered, largest single population catchment in the country and build a perpetual-money machine akin to the Yes! Network and compete in kind. Note how the Beanbags are giving the Borg a run for their money with a population base that’s a fraction of the size of New York.
    .
    Meanwhile, Macondo watches patiently from the jungle. Here, time crouches in the perpetual summer, swatting gnats and mosquitos and…waits. After Mauer has had his fifth knee surgery, is closing in on his 40th birthday and just before his last vivid memory of April and September frostbite from playing in Meatlocker Field have faded, Scrooge McLoria will strike through the mask, as it were, and sign him to a lucrative post-rule-five incentive laden minor league deal (LPR5ILMLD).

  6. Craig Calcaterra - Mar 17, 2010 at 9:05 AM

    Ah, he’s just a random scout. May not even be a Yankees scout. Given that a scout isn’t very high on the org chart I don’t think him voicing opinions is all that significant as far as tampering stuff goes.

  7. paul - Mar 17, 2010 at 9:12 AM

    Only way he becomes the Yankees catcher (or any other teams catcher) is if they Yankees move to Minnesota and wear the uniforms of the Twins. Neither will happen. He is not going anywhere. He is the exact opposite of a Scott Boras client. Doesn’t seem like a whore and does not seem to be controlled by a pimp. He’ll be signed before opening day. (it only seems like yesterday when Peter Gammons wrote the Twins should move this kid Mauer to 3rd base……………..)

  8. Jonny5 - Mar 17, 2010 at 9:25 AM

    “But yes, even as a Yanks fan myself, hearing some fans talk about other players as if it’s our right to have them is a bit disgusting to hear[read].”
    >This is one reason why you sir, are my favorite Yankee fan.
    Gator, too funny and too true. So did they Deal for Lowell yet? or is he still going to expect too much money?

  9. Edward Haskins - Mar 17, 2010 at 9:26 AM

    Next Winter will be fun for the Yankees signing both Mauer and Carl Crawford. Of course they’ll have to re-sign Jeter and Mo this Winter too.

  10. boston blackie - Mar 17, 2010 at 9:28 AM

    Are you shocked? Its easier to buy players than develop them through farm systems. The Yankees have a farm system but unfortunatly the only occupants live in stys.They are the hogs of baseball,gobbling up anyone that can feed the Steinbrenners massive, humungous,egos.Through greed and arrogance,they have taken all of the fun out of the sport.

  11. meg - Mar 17, 2010 at 9:28 AM

    i’ve been saying this for the past couple years. if he does, great, but i don’t see that happening. if he isn’t signed by opening day – see ya. now, if only we could get rid of brett favre…

  12. Yankees WIN!! - Mar 17, 2010 at 9:36 AM

    Are you kidding me???
    If we land Mauer, mail it in. We won’t lose another World Series for 5 years minimum.
    Jeter…Granderson…Teixeira…A-Rod…Cano…and now Mauer?
    Murderer’s Row 2010.

  13. YankeesfanLen - Mar 17, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    The need for a catcher isn’t necessarily there, Jorge isn’t going to leave without a fight, Montero will be ready and Cash has shown more and more propensity to grow our own and strategically buy.
    Now, Crawford……..

  14. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Mar 17, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    Are you shocked? Its easier to buy players than develop them through farm systems. The Yankees have a farm system but unfortunatly the only occupants live in stys

    Go through the Yanks starting lineup and count how many players got there via the farm system or through trades*. Then stop parroting this stupid comment.
    *since I know you won’t, assuming Gardner is the starting LF, only one position player (Tex), and two SP (CC/AJ) are from FA.

  15. Andrew - Mar 17, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    Derek Jeter will be the next Twins shortstop

  16. Bn - Mar 17, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    I assumed it was the goal of players to go to the Yankees. It is the pinnacle, after all.

  17. JRB - Mar 17, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    According to a random hotdog vendor, Mark Texeira will be the next TC.

  18. LarryLongBeach - Mar 17, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    Tex is indeed the only FA, but A-Rod might as well be, because he was only able to be traded to the Yanks in the first place because of their spendthrift ways, and they certainly KEPT him by way of a HUGE extension/renegotiation that was ostensibly the equivalent of free agency. Oh, and they’re top two starters were brought in via throwing money at them until they just couldn’t say no.
    I wouldn’t call it “parroting a stupid comment” to say the Yanks buy championships.
    They struggled a bit a few years ago and missed the playoffs, and hadn’t advanced deep into the post-season for a few years. The answer? Spend the most in one off-season in the history of the sport, import an MVP-quality hitter and the top 40% of your starting staff. AJ, CC and Tex join the long list of “lifetime Yankees” like Boggs, Clemens, O’Neill, Giambi, Knoblach, Kevin Brown, etc.
    Boom! Instant World Series. They may as well have simply purchased the trophy directly from Bud Selig and skipped the whole 6 months of games.

  19. Raj - Mar 17, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    Wake up all the non-believers. MONEY TALKS. Don’t think Mauer is going to be loyal to the Twins when he is offered twice as much by the Yanks. This happens almost every time a high profile free agent is out there.
    This totally leaves a bad taste in everyones mouth except Yankee fans.
    Baseball will continue to lose fans because of this. Why would anyone be interested in a sport where you can buy a spot in the playoffs.

  20. George - Mar 17, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    Weeellll…. Maybe a couple of others are FA’s. I’m a yankee fan, so don’t call me a borg hater! But we also have Swish and now Granderson, instead of Melky patrolling center… And who could forget the ‘ole lightening rod A-Rod! The Yankees use many more farm prospects than anyone who’s not a Yankee fan will ever admit… but the number has dwindled that last couple of years.

  21. RJ - Mar 17, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    This Is Why Baseball Needs A Salary Cap.
    It’s Not Fair To The Rest of The MLB Teams

  22. Baseball rules - Mar 17, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Twins need hometown hero Mauer to offer any hope of filling their new stadium. Yankees recently gave soon-to-be geriatric Posada long-term deal, which I’m sure they can eat, but how much luxury tax do they REALLY want to pay? Red Sox are in more dire need of a catcher, but I don’t think Mauer makes it onto the market.
    Any other random thoughts to report from anonymous “Scouts,” or perhaps “Cub Scouts,” in this case?

  23. DL80 - Mar 17, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    I actually understand what you are saying, to some extent. Few (contending) teams have more than a handful of internally developed players in prominent roles. The difference is that many of the Yankees trades are salary-related for the other team.
    ARod, Vazquez, Granderson, Nick Johnson were all acquired because the Yankees have unlimited money that other teams don’t (although some teams do have it and don’t spend it). Most contending teams might be able to make those kind of we’ll-take-your-expensive-superstar-for-nothing deals once in a while, the Yankees do it ALL THE TIME. We need a salary cap and a salary floor or it will keep getting worse.

  24. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Mar 17, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    They struggled a bit a few years ago and missed the playoffs, and hadn’t advanced deep into the post-season for a few years. The answer? Spend the most in one off-season in the history of the sport, import an MVP-quality hitter and the top 40% of your starting staff. AJ, CC and Tex join the long list of “lifetime Yankees” like Boggs, Clemens, O’Neill, Giambi, Knoblach, Kevin Brown, etc.

    Don’t let a little thing like truth get in the way of your ranting. Clemens – trade, O’Neill – trade, Giambi – FA, Knoblach – trade. And also, way to change the subject. I never mentioned anything about “Lifetime Yankees”, I merely said that the Yanks, as they are currently constructed, are not the product of FA. This isn’t disputable.
    @George:

    Weeellll…. Maybe a couple of others are FA’s. I’m a yankee fan, so don’t call me a borg hater! But we also have Swish and now Granderson, instead of Melky patrolling center… And who could forget the ‘ole lightening rod A-Rod!

    Swish and Granderson were both the products of trades, not free agency. Arod was also a trade (later signed as a FA).

  25. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Mar 17, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    That’s a good point, if the trades are basically salary dumps (like the Arod one); however, it’s not like the Yanks aren’t giving up players as well.
    Also, how many of the trades are actual salary dumps? Ozzie/Ken Williams thought swisher was done, so they traded him. Det can’t claim that Granderson was a salary dump and then signed Damon for more money (especially when they have something like $60M coming off the books next year). Vazquez wasn’t a dump since he has a year remaining on his contract. Who knows about Nady/Marte from Pitt, since they are always in “rebuilding” mode.

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