We all knew when the Yankees signed Jorge Posada to his final three-year deal before the 2008 season that they might have been angling for something else. The career-Yankee has had an outstanding career for the Bronx Bombers, and was given a huge standing ovation during his last regular-season game at Yankee stadium.
Today, the Yankees announced they have come to terms with former Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer for a record 6-year, $192 million contract. Including a $25 Million signing bonus, the Yankees will pay Mauer an average of $32 Million a year for the next 6 years to bring the catcher to the Bronx.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to play for the Yankees,” Mauer said to the media. “I’m excited to be part of such a winning tradition.”
Coming off back-to-back World Series wins in 2009 and 2010, the Yankees addition of Mauer makes them even more formidable as opponents. With Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Mauer in the same lineup, the Yankees might have one of the best offensive teams of all time.
Alright….obviously this is just a hope of mine. But you gotta figure the timing works out impeccably. The Yankees are not committed to Jorge past next season. Despite his obvious ability to still hit the ball, he is becoming more and more ineffective behind the plate.
With no prospect coming close to the abilities of Mauer, he will most likely be a Yankee in 2011 – they’ll pay him so much, he won’t be able to refuse. Despite missing the first month or so of the season, Mauer is hitting .378 with 25 HR and 77 RBI. If the crappy guys on the Twins lineup in front of him could actually get on base, he might have over 100 RBI right now.
At least for now, I can still dream, can’t I?