Mauer Extension Talks Going Well

3:27pm: ESPN's Buster Olney tweets that he heard from multiple sources that Rosen's report of a preliminary 10-year agreement is not accurate.

3:05pm: WCCO TV's Mark Rosen reports that Mauer and the Twins reached a preliminary agreement on a 10-year extension.  Such a contract would take him through the 2020 season, at which point he'd be 37.

10:32am: Joe Mauer may soon sign a contract extension with the Twins, believes Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.  Two Christensen sources take the good vibes even further, suggesting the number of years and guaranteed money is already agreed upon.  Christensen's take on a Mauer extension: "It's a matter of when, not if."

If Mauer is locked up, Victor Martinez will jump to the top of the projected free agent catcher class for the 2010-11 offseason.


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153 Comments on "Mauer Extension Talks Going Well"


$1529282
5 years 7 months ago

Between this and the increased Hudson interest, Twins fans could have a pretty great week on their hands here…

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Every week is a great Twins week isn’t it? You are right, this would be amazing!

5 years 7 months ago

I think the hudson signing is still a long shot but man if we got hudson THAT WOULD BE HUGE!

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

10 Years!!! YES! This is why Baseball is so great! For Every decade there are at most, a Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken Jr.. Joe Mauer falls in to that consideration as one of the rare great players of his decade. What a great move made by the Twins! This is one of the real special catchers of all time if not one of the best ever. This is a move that needed to be made and thanks to Joe Mauer and his love for the organization and City…It got done! Just a great day for Twins fans and Baseball fans such as myself!

sploorp
5 years 7 months ago

WOO HOOOOOOOO!!!

ReverendBlack
5 years 7 months ago

Excellent.

BlackBocks
5 years 7 months ago

Mauer + Hudson = my 20 game pack turning into a 40

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

for me, if I had a 40 game pack it turns into a 81 game pack! This would be AWESOME if the Twins signed Hudson and than agreed to an extension with Mauer!

0vercast
5 years 7 months ago

There you go!

WilknugCardinalsFan69
5 years 7 months ago

mauer is a beast twins are lucky to have him

5 years 7 months ago

All this positivity is making my head spin. Now hopefully it goes from rumor to fact soon.

Truitalian9
5 years 7 months ago

Theres nothing but good things going on if your a twin fan right now. Not only do they have IMO a top 3 lineup. But, Their ownership is trying very hard to maintain a winning team. In the past they have just tried to crack their payroll and sell off guys like Hunter or Santana because they couldnt afford them. Ive noticed with this particular case of Mauer in Minny. That Minnys buttering their stars up and showing them they will do what it takes to win for instance getting a SS last year when the team begged them too. If im Mauer or Pujols I would be very please that the team is not just concentrating on me to sign but theyre concentrating on the team. They can also use this is somewhat of a leverage point. Not saying that Pujols isnt going to get the 250 from the Cards or Mauer isnt going to get the 150 from Minny.

0vercast
5 years 7 months ago

Good post. The Twins did try to keep Hunter and Santana, reportedly offering 3 for 45M to Hunter and 5 for 100M to Santana. As much as I respect those guys still, thats already more than they’re worth. I gotta be honest, I’m glad the Twins didn’t try to match the offers of the Angels and Mets.

gorecki28
5 years 7 months ago

Mauer had a knee injury never back problems, he had that kidney thing but thats it, twins fans aren’t worried about injury because he will play no matter what, he loves the game of baseball and he will be a twin for the rest of his life.

JerseyJohn32190
5 years 7 months ago

Good for them. Hope I’m not saying this too early, but congrats Twins fans.

jreinhold206
5 years 7 months ago

I think one of the best parts about being a fan of a midmarket team like the Mariners is the knowledge that it makes Yankee and Red Sox fans cry when another small or midmarket team extends their superstars.

JerseyJohn32190
5 years 7 months ago

It actually doesn’t make us cry, but thanks for trying.

5 years 7 months ago

And who are you kidding midmarket? Did you read Tom Verducci’s breakdown? The Mariners are the worst run organization in MLB last decade.

I think they are set up great this year, don’t get me wrong. But you are a 100 million dollar payroll team. I’m hardly crying about an extension for Mauer. While I’d love him, I don’t know that I trust giving him a huge multi-year deal given his history of back problems. He would truly benefit by being turned into a DH/1B in the next few years to save his bat. Otherwise you will see him take the same path as Posada and Varitek. Right down the toilet. Not saying either is a comparable hitter, but short of Piazza, there have been few able to carry the bat well after 33-35.

jreinhold206
5 years 7 months ago

Haha hey man, I know as well as anybody how terrible the M’s have been run, thats why we gotta find joy in everything we can. Also, the M’s have had a top ten payroll in recent times but there is a huge drop off from the top 5. I’m just joking, its all in good fun. We’ve seen enough stars leave here in Seattle that its always exciting to see a smaller team keep theirs.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

yeah, Bavasi really messed the M’s up.

koufax55
5 years 7 months ago

And Tom Verducci`s insights are the worst in baseball so we are now back to square one. I would be more concerned about the ability of Dicek to get Major League hitting out or where Boston will make up for the loss of Jason Bay. Or the decline of David Ortiz without a few cycles of roids.At the end of the year I am sure Seattle will have a much better record then an old and injury prone Boston Red Sox team in decline.

sploorp
5 years 7 months ago

Tell me more about Boston’s decline – that kind of stuff just never gets old!

infamouso
5 years 7 months ago

I’m a hardcore Yankee fan, but even I would say signing Mauer to pinstripes wouldn’t be fair at all. Our farm system has a few good prospects in that area. That said, Posada is nowhere near the toilet. Varitek on the other hand is half-way down the sewage system. I’ll take Posada’s .285 BA with 22 homeruns to Varitek’s .209 BA with 14 homers any day of the week.

Jonathan Gallo
5 years 7 months ago

Nope that means the Yankees will get to see Montero, Romine, Sanchez, or Murphy behind the plate.

fitz
5 years 7 months ago

As a Red Sox fan and more so a baseball fan I strongly disagree.

crunchy1
5 years 7 months ago

I hope they get this done soon. It’s just good for baseball.

5 years 7 months ago

Agreed. But for different reasons than you probably like it for baseball. There are very few lifetime players, and I feel like Joe should be the first lifetime member of the Twins since Kirby Puckett (if I’m not mistaken). The teams that have signed most of the FA’s this year are the Twins, the Red Sox, and the Mariners… none of which are small market teams so its hardly like “keeping the talent away from Boston and New York” which is why (i’m just guessing) you say its good for baseball.

CrisE
5 years 7 months ago

There are other life time guys. Hrbek and Radke spring to mind, for example. But it gets more relevant when the player is truly excellent.

5 years 7 months ago

I did mean relevant players. Lol

bbxxj
5 years 7 months ago

Like Chipper. He seems relevent.

0vercast
5 years 7 months ago

Chipper is a class act. He’s flown under the radar a bit, at least IMO, but he’ll go down as one of the best 3B ever.

crunchy1
5 years 7 months ago

I do agree that I like the idea of top players staying with one city for their career…kinda like they did when I was a kid. I’m not saying to specifically keep him away from anyone like Bos and NY but if Mauer were to become a free agent, it’s fairly logical to assume that those two teams would be among those in line to sign him. I think the two go hand in hand. I also am a little puzzled about you saying that Minnesota isn’t a small market team…would you elaborate on that?

5 years 7 months ago

Well, small market teams are not building new stadiums, signing guys like Mauer to 100MM+ extenstions and committing to 85+MM payrolls for 2010.

Marlins, pirates, royals, rays ect… Those are small market teams. Twins are right there in the middle of the payroll most years in recent memory.

crunchy1
5 years 7 months ago

I’m not sure I agree with you on that one. I think there’s a difference between building new stadiums and shedding your status as a small market team. The Pirates also built a new stadium a few years back and yet they remain on your list of small market teams. I also think Mauer is the exception to the rule when it comes to signing big money extensions. He’s a hometown superstar, it would be a huge mistake to let him go…but I don’t see the Twins doing that for everyone on their roster or pursuing big name free agents.

5 years 7 months ago

Unfortunately I lost the link and thus have no proof of this, but I saw data last year that the Twins TV/radio market itself was ranked #8 in the nation in viewership. They have a lockdown on the upper midwest (or more specifically, MN, the Dakotas, much of Iowa, and into futher surrounding states). I don’t remember exactly which teams/regions were ranked ahead, but it was mostly the obvious like NY, Boston, Chicago, LA, Bay Area, Philly, and a couple others. As such, the Twins are a mid-market team. For years they have been mislabeled, primarily an understandable mistake by fans who see how low their payroll has been all these years. Their payroll, however, was a product of playing in the metrodome and sharing profits the MN Vikings. Now that they have their own stadium they will be raking in to the tune of $200m (or more) each season, and the payroll will reflect that of a true mid-market team.

crunchy1
5 years 7 months ago

Well, if you’re going to cherry pick a particular portion of the market (tv/radio) then you can probably find some way to call any team a “mid-market” team. But really that’s just one factor. Yet you go with that one thing and miraculously jump to the conclusion, “as such, the Twins are a mid-market team.” I’ll go with Forbes Magazine’s evaluation, (I trust they understand markets as well as anyone) and they rank Minnesota 29th . It seems trendy to find some way to go against the grain and claim that everything we thought we knew was wrong, but sometimes if it quacks like a duck…

Drew
5 years 7 months ago

Bah, my last post had a link in it so it’s stuck in moderation. Summary is that in 2000 our payroll was 16MM. In 2001 it was 24MM. We’ve only had one season where we touched 70MM.

You can spend money while still being small market. Our market is still small, our payroll is getting big. And when we’ve ridden this horse as long as we can, you’ll probably see us back to a more sustainable payroll in the 70’s.

0vercast
5 years 7 months ago

Well, you do have a point, although the teams you mentions are all either have or will soon have nice stadiums. But lets not forget that only 7 short years ago the Twins and Expos were on the verge of being contracted because of lack of revenue. If that doesn’t spell Small Market Team than I don’t know what will.

What’s going on now, and I greatly commend the Twins for this, is that the organization realizes that it has a very solid and squad surrounding 2 potential HOFers who are in their prime. The time to win is NOW, and they realize it. So the pocketbooks are open like never before in Twins history.

If the Twinkies don’t win a WS in the next 5-8 years, the team will go back to small market spending after the stadium shine has worn off and M and M have passed their primes.

So, the Twins better get their butts in gear.

TwinsVet
5 years 7 months ago

Brad Radke, though admittedly less glamorous than Kirby and Joe, was a career-long Twin (drafted 1991, retired 2006, career 148-139 with a 4.22 ERA, 20 wins in 1997 on a club that won 68 games*).

But he’s also my personal all-time-favorite, so I’m probably a bit keen to point him out.

*Note: I’m posting these up from memory, so cut me some slack if I’m slightly off!

5 years 7 months ago

Same for me. Good name drop tho!

WisBrave
5 years 7 months ago

Not only is this great for the Twins but great for baseball. Gotta love a smaller market team keep their man.

5 years 7 months ago

Read above. Teams like the Twins, Mariners and St Louis all of whom have spent heavily on free agents this year just like Boston this year and New York last year, are hardly small market teams. The lowest payroll among them IS the Twins, but they are set for about $85MM this year (without any extension)… Lets just not call them small market. Its nice to see a player stick it out and work out an extension to become a lifelong Twin. Why don’t we leave it at that?

Drew
5 years 7 months ago

Just because our payroll this year is pushing $90-100MM doesn’t mean we’re not small market. The Twins 2008 payroll was in the $58MM range which is what was sustainable for a small market team. Our MARKET is still small, but our PAYROLL is increasing. I SERIOUSLY doubt this is where you’ll see our payroll by 2015.

5 years 7 months ago

The twins are an up and coming team with payrolls raising, they will need to in order to compete. They didn’t build a new stadium, sign mauer to an extension, ect. Just to go back to a 60-70MM payroll team. Their payroll will only continue to rise as long as their fans respond and buy tickets.

Drew
5 years 7 months ago

Eh, I’m skeptical that we’ll maintain this type of payroll. The Twins “style” has changed this year to build around this once-in-a-generation talent. I think as long as he’s around and competing at this level, you’ll see our payroll keep up. But if (knocking on wood) Joe were to get hurt, or if the organization was forced to trade him away, I think you could EASILY see the Twins back down in the 60 or 70MM range. I don’t see a problem with that either.

We’ve been able to put quality teams on the field for a reasonable cost for the last ten years because we manage money well and invest in scouting and teaching good baseball. It’s because of that strategy we now field a team full of homegrown studs. And believe me, we’ll ride them as long as we can. I just don’t think this signals a fundamental shift in Twins Baseball.

bjsguess
5 years 7 months ago

Tell that to Padres fans. I was there the entire time as the team spent years getting the public to help fund Petco park. The promise of a larger payroll was a key component. The team spent money on new FA’s and kept their in-house talent. Once the stadium was built the payroll went up to the expected levels (around $80m). In 2008 it peaked at nearly $75m. Now you have a stadium that is 5 years old and a payroll that is in line with the Marlins. The ownership of the Padres took the community for a ride with their promises of being competitive. I don’t know anyone who believes that payroll will be coming back up to promised $80m range.

5 years 7 months ago

It will be now with Jed Hoyer taking over as GM and with stable financial situations with the team sale and such. Padres payroll will be 70+ as soon as Hoyer spots an opportunity to win, that opportunity just may be a few years away.

5 years 7 months ago

That 10th-24th was payroll btw

5 years 7 months ago

See my post above – the Twins market is not small, and the payroll is starting to reflect that. Ranked #8 in market viewership last year (man I wish I could find that article, though…)

richphillies
5 years 7 months ago

Beckett_Lackey, I’m not sure you understand the definition of small market. The Twins could have a 300M payroll; they are still are a smaller market. Minneapolis/St Paul is only the 16th biggest metropolitan area in the United States.

5 years 7 months ago

Twins fans and mariners fans cover the entire NW region of the US and most west of montreal in canada… Hardly a “small market”. Pirates are a small market and are right near some of the biggest cities in the world. One has nothing to do with the other. Small market refers to fan base and payroll.

Drew
5 years 7 months ago

It may not be small “geographically” but it sure is population wise. Our media deals don’t TOUCH the Boston/NY/LA area deals. Sure, we got Twins fans all the way into North Dakota…except there’s only about 700k people in the entire state. There are twice as many people who live in the Bronx alone than all of North Dakota.

5 years 7 months ago

Not disputing that, but though miami is bigger than any Northern city, they are certainly small market

5 years 7 months ago

In fact not just NW… Most of north central us too

5 years 7 months ago

Saying the Twins market is restricted to MPLS/St. Paul is like saying the Red Sox market is limited to the City of Boston (though obviously to a different degree). While the MSP metro area is 16th in the nation, they’re market extends through the Dakotas, Iowa, and into parts of other surrounding states. This year’s payroll, which will be upwards of $90 million, reflects that, thanks to the more direct revenue stream provided by Target Field (the Metrodome severely restricted profits).

TwinsVet
5 years 7 months ago

All this market talk.

Some facts:
1. Minneapolis/St. Paul is the 16th largest market in the US.
2. This doesn’t mean they’re mid-market in terms of MLB. Some markets have multiple sports teams. Chicago, NY, LA, SF, and Dallas/Houston, all have larger markets, but support multiple teams.
3. Twins might broadcast into the Dakotas, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Manitoba, but they sure don’t have alot of season ticket holders in those parts. Nor are the populations there large enough to make the media contracts particularly lucrative.

Twins are mid-market. Historically (this year aside) they’ve been mid-payroll.

Look at the Green Bay Packers. They’re in a *TINY* market, but they continue to sell out games and support a top-notch franchise because of *FAN INTENSITY* – something overlooked in market terms and missing from this discussion. It is possible for a team’s payroll to exceed their market standing, or vice versa, based on FAN INTENSITY within the market. 100,000 Green Bay residents fuel a team because a quarter of them are season ticket holders, and the rest of the stadium fills up with people willing to drive 10 hours to see a game. The Florida Marlins can’t put 10,000 people in the seats in spite of 3,500,000 in their market.

Just food for thought amidst all this “market” talk…

5 years 7 months ago

Exactly. Thanks

5 years 7 months ago

My only point is they are nowhere near “small market”

NYBravosFan10
5 years 7 months ago

when trying to determine what kindof market a team is you have to look at the financial aspect of it. Sure Twins fans exist in the Dakotas, Idaho…etc but you don’t pay money to the organization by being a fan watching at home. The market is determined by the people at the games buying tickets, food, memorabilia, jerseys…etc. My point is, it doesn’t matter how wide your fan base is if you aren’t bringing in the money. Two examples that I am familiar with. The Braves and Phillies. For a while, the Braves were owned by one of the most successful business men in history, broadcast on national tv and based in the NYC of the south and because of this had one of the most widespread fan bases in baseball. But look at turner field during games. Not many people. Now look at the Phillies. A team who’s fan base is mostly out of the city itself but look at their crowds;sold out every game. Because of that, the Braves are mid-market and the Phillies are big market even though it looks like it should be switched

5 years 7 months ago

The Twins are exactly a midmarket. They are 14 in attendance, 12th in revenue and before last season, ranked as high as 10th and as low as 24th. They are the definition of a mid-market franchise. No ones comparing them to Mets/Sox/Yanks, but they are by no means a small market team. No matter how you slice it, that’s where they lie.

dethonthestairs
5 years 7 months ago

All MLB teams split merchandise revenue equally, so the Twins are generating as much income off of Teixeira jerseys as are the Yankees and vice versa for Mauer merchandise.

BlackBocks
5 years 7 months ago

I just hope the twins can multi-task in this situation…Gaining Hudson should not be overlooked. Mauer getting extended is top priority I understand but Hudson makes Mauer and the rest of the Twins that much better. Forgive me for being greedy…I just love when we can make a run spending 1/3 of the Yankees.

5 years 7 months ago

You are sadly no longer 1/3 and if you sign an extension with Mauer (say 16MM for 2010 considering they will likely renegotiate his salaries??) and sign Hudson (say $6.5MM for 2010) your payroll will move up to about $100MM which is about half of NY, but far from a third.

Drew
5 years 7 months ago

Read somewhere that the contract would probably not renegotiate his 2010 salary, and would just start in 2011. I think it was mlb.com somewhere.

5 years 7 months ago

I doubt he would be ok with 12 for this year, nor do I think the twins want the deal backloaded considering injury history. I’m almost positive they would have to renegotiate 2010. Perhaps this could be part of the holdup?

giantsfan123
5 years 7 months ago

I’m not even a Twins fan but this is great news for baseball and the fans in Minnesota. Mauer seems like a class act and the type of guy any team would like to build a franchise around. It’s refreshing to see that, at least for now, a talent like Mauer will stay out pinstrips. Truth is, he might be leaving some money on the table but he seems realize there’s more to life. I wish I had him on my team.

$1529282
5 years 7 months ago

Well, Buster Posey’s no slouch. He may not be a Mauer-level player, but I’d be pretty excited if I were you. And I wouldn’t mind having Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, or Pablo Sandoval in the Twin Cities, haha.

humbb
5 years 7 months ago

Maybe we could merge our teams. Posey played 9 positions in college, so having Mauer on the same club wouldn’t necessarily block him.

5 years 7 months ago

If it’s going down this early he’s gotta be taking a big hometown discount. I’ll believe it when I see it.

portsider
5 years 7 months ago

Great for baseball! The fewer elite FAs that fatcats NY and Boston can gobble up, the better.

5 years 7 months ago

If the new stadium weren’t coming online, odds seem slim this news would have merit. Glad to see it happening. Now, if the Pirates could ever figure out that yes, Virginia, you can make a go of it in a small revenue making market, I’d truly happy.

5 years 7 months ago

What kind of an impact does this have on Victor Martinez’s possible contract after 2011? Mauer taking a home town discount could make V-Mart a little more affordable allowing some teams not on the coast to possibly sign him.

LTDm206
5 years 7 months ago

I’d hope that Boston extend V-Mart if Mauer is kept from the market. Why wouldn’t they?

5 years 7 months ago

Who is V-Mart’s agent? If it is Boras you can bet on him ‘exploring’ free agency. But I agree extending V-Mart is critical for the Red Sox if they want stability at the catching position. You have to figure Varitek is on his last year. Being a fan of a team other than the Red Sox I would hope he hits the market though haha

ilikebaseball
5 years 7 months ago

Would I love to have him on the Red Sox? Sure. Anyone would want him on their team, but I think the majority of baseball fans want him to stay in Minny for all the right reasons. Congrats to the organization, Joe, and Twins fans…Great news.

LTDm206
5 years 7 months ago

Am I the only one who needs to see more? Maybe I’m way off base here, but it seemed like only last offseason, all the M named catchers were considered about the same. Mauer, Mcann, Martin, VMart. No doubt Mauer had a season for the ages last year, but let’s see him do it with power again.

JerseyJohn32190
5 years 7 months ago

If they wait to see him do it with power again he’ll be on the free agent market and they’ll have very little hope of re-signing him without overpaying. Even if his power drops back down to the 10-15 homer range, he’s still a good defensive catcher who is a threat to win the batting title every year, not to mention a hometown kid and the face of the franchise.

LTDm206
5 years 7 months ago

Oh no, I totally agree with you. I’m just hesitant to anoint him the 2nd best player in baseball quiet yet.

JerseyJohn32190
5 years 7 months ago

Oh, ok. I thought you meant they should make sure his power is legit before they give him an extension.

jhawk90
5 years 7 months ago

The only thing we need to see more of is less time on the DL. Health is the only legitimate concern.

TwinsVet
5 years 7 months ago

Agreed.

upwithtwinkies
5 years 7 months ago

That’s right…Martin, Mcann, VMart all had 2 batting titles and a gold glove going into last year. Mauer’s lowest POS since he was rookie was .808 when he tweeked his knee. I’d say if anyone considered all the M catchers about the same as Mauer they were looking through rose colored glasses.

Twins GM
5 years 7 months ago

who needs power when you hit over .350? The guy has 3 batting titles. Is a season hitting .280 with 30 HR’s better than .350 and 12 HR’s?

BaseballFan0707
5 years 7 months ago

Yes, actually. Because it’s very possible that the higher average is a result of more intentional walks (less opportunities for him to raise or lower the avg) or having more (at the time) meaningless hits, such as a base hit with no one on base.

30HRs would probably mean he would have both more meaningful hits as well as more RBIs. For Mauer being one of your two main hitters, I would think one would prefer more power numbers as supposed to a higer average.

TwinsVet
5 years 7 months ago

How is hitting .350 any more likely to have “meaningless hits” than 30 HRs? Either scenario is just as likely to result in bases-empty hits/HRs, and doing so in meaningless situations.

And this whole argument is moot. The fact is he hit both .350 with 30 HRs and 100 RBIs last year. (I’m projecting ever so slightly based on him missing a month of the season)

You simply can’t find a statistic that Mauer was anything short of stellar on last year. And last year was hardly an exception – it fits in with his prior seasons and the development of power that a 26-year old kid could expect. Not to mention an adjustment to his approach; prior to last year, he never “swung hard”, and just tried for slap singles. The Twins coaches are finally getting him to actually try to swing for the fences, and we’re seeing the results.

BaseballFan0707
5 years 7 months ago

I never said he was anything short of stellar. I simply said that, given the two choices you presented, I would take .280/30 over .350/12.First off, a HR is never meaningless. Ever. I should refine what I said about meaningless hits, such as a bases-empty single. What I should have said was that such a hit is a less useful hit, and not a meaningless one. A solo HR has immediate impact, where as a bases empty single could turn into something big, but also might not. It’s all a matter of if you prefer to take the risk of getting more men on base and going for the really big hit, or pulling your team closer/creating more of a cushion right away with a solo blast without the associated risk. I prefer the immediate results approach.If he was a leadoff hitter, I’d say .350/12. But he’s a middle of the order hitter. I think teams prefer more power from those guys.

bjsguess
5 years 7 months ago

I too would take 280 w/ 30 HR’s. That assumes normal walk rates for both players and equivalent defense. For what it’s worth Mauer’s 162 game average between 2004 and 2008 was 317/399/457 with an average of 9 HR’s).

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Depending on the dollars this could be a great move for Minnesota. I’m just worried about the prospect of a 10 year deal with a CATCHER. Heck – I worry about a 5 year deal with a catcher.

If Mauer has to move off from catching his value plummets. A first baseman with an OPS in the 850 range (which was his average from 2004 – 2008) is hardly exceptional and absolutely not worthy of 10 years at $20m per.

5 years 7 months ago

Living in Chicago and being a die-hard twins fan (born in minneapolis) I don’t get to see them play too often (every game against the white sox at us cellular). However, if the twins were to sign ORLANDO HUDSON and extend MAUER I would be forced to make SEVERAL road trips up to see the new ballpark and cheer on my team in a home setting. I would gladly spend the money on this team because they did everything in their power to put out the best possible team.

I would be STUNNED to see both a Mauer extension and a Hudson signing. This would be the icing on a near perfect offseason as far as the Twins are concerned. I mean they would have pulled all the right moves – get JJ HARDY, re-sign PAVANO, move on from CREDE, sign a big bat in JIM THOME, sign O-DAWG, and extend MAUER!! As a twins fan, I couldn’t ask for more!!

5 years 7 months ago

Great for the Twins! Don’t get me wrong I would love to see Joe in a Red Sox uniform as I am sure any fan of any team would love to see Joe suit up for them. What he does is amazing. I hope he continues to do it for many years to come. As a fan of the game you can’t help but love him.
Word to the Sox though, LOCK UP VICTOR!