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08/29/2012 - 12:05pm
Report: Sox won't claim Twins' Mauer

According to a report from Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Twins placed catcher Joe Mauer on waivers but the Red Sox are unlikely to make a play for the 29-year-old who has more than $142 million remaining on his contract. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman tweeted definitively that the Sox will not claim Mauer.

Writes Rosenthal:

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. But they should be tempted to claim Mauer before his waivers expire at 1 p.m. ET Wednesday, don’t you think?
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08/29/2012 - 11:49am
Olney: Scioscia might be option for Sox

ESPN's Buster Olney joined the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday and weighed in on Saturday's blockbuster trade.

Said Olney: "Every baseball person that I spoke with -- and I wrote a column about this on Sunday. I asked them just a simple question: How do you evaluate the deal? Every single person viewed this as a blowout, tremendous victory for the Red Sox. I wrote it in the lead on Sunday. This is like baseball's version of the Herschel Walker trade. That's how it's viewed within the sport, where people are like: Are you kidding? The Dodgers had all the leverage. They're taking on these two terrible contacts along with Adrian Gonzalez -- the player that they really wanted, the Mexican-American to play in that market. Why in the world did they not tell the Red Sox, 'Forget it. We'll take the contracts, but we're not giving you any prospects at all.'

"If you were to attach a dollar value -- and I ran this past a general manager yesterday...

08/29/2012 - 10:40am
Punto on M&M: 'Regret' missing Pesky funeral

Former Red Sox utility infielder Nick Punto joined Mut & Merloni on Wednesday, four days after being trade to the Dodgers along with Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford.

Although Punto's tenure in Boston was brief and the team did not play well while he was here, he said he still has fond memories.

"I still enjoyed it. I really did," he said. "I was telling a couple of guys last night that from 7 o'clock to 10 o'clock at night, when that game starts, there's no better place to take the field and play the game. It's a special place. Yeah, we didn't play very well. But I can picture what it would be like to win a world championship there. It would have been pretty cool."

On the Monday before he was traded, Punto was one of the many Sox players who missed Johnny Pesky's funeral. He explained what transpired and how he feels bad about the situation.

"There was a note on our chair at like 4 o'clock...

08/29/2012 - 7:11am
Mashup: Cashman not shocked by PED use

In Wednesday's Morning Mashup, we have comments from Brian Cashman about the recent suspensions of former Yankees Bartolo Colon and Melky Cabrera, Roger Clemens playing coy about his return, and a fantastic video montage of women falling down in bikinis. (Cue the "What does this have to do with sports?" comments. Nothing, guys, but that's why the article is called the "Mashup" and not "Previewing the Patriots-Giants game.")

Check it all out at the Out of Bounds blog.


08/29/2012 - 6:56am
McNamee on D&C: Clemens 'ego-driven'

Former Roger Clemens trainer Brian McNamee joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to discuss Clemens' comeback and baseball's continued problems with performance-enhancing drugs.

McNamee said he didn't watch his ex-friend/current adversary's minor league appearance Saturday night, but he thinks he knows the reason for the 50-year-old's return to baseball.

"I think it's ego-driven," McNamee said. "Right of the top, I think you guys should bring the popcorn, because that circus isn't going anywhere soon."

That said, McNamee wouldn't be shocked if Clemens was able to pitch an inning in the majors this season.

"I think -- and I teach it every day -- I think if you can throw strikes, add and subtract [speeds], anybody can get anybody out at any level, at any age," McNamee said. "He didn't look in great shape, but I didn't really watch [Saturday's game]. I only saw him in suits. I don't...

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