MLB trade rumors have suggested a Joe Mauer trade could be in the plans of the Minnesota Twins. The team would reportedly like to shed some payroll, but maybe that isn't something that Mauer would like to see. A report on Sunday (Jan. 27), pointed out that Mauer isn't really interested in waiving his no-trade clause.
Mauer is the type of hitter that most MLB teams would love to have, but he does come with a very hefty price tag. His salary is set at $23 million through the year 2018, so the Twins are on the hook for a while.
At just 29 years old, it would seem that Mauer has a lot of baseball left in front of him and that his swing came back in 2012. He posted a nice .319 batting average and an extremely impressive .416 on-base-percentage. Add in his 85 RBIs and it is clear that Mauer has still got it.
The question has become whether Mauer will hold up his value if the team has to move him away from catcher. A first baseman hitting for very little power shouldn't be making $23 million; which is where the risk in his contract stems from.
While there will continue to be MLB trade rumors about a possible Joe Mauer trade, it also seems like the Minnesota Twins are in no rush to deal away the most popular name on the roster. While this may seem like a contract that is keeping them from progressing, the franchise should feel lucky to have Mauer at all.
Do you think that the Twins need to take the risk and simply trade Mauer for prospects? Should Mauer waive his no-trade clause to enable a deal?