Report: Mauer agrees to 10-year extension (UPDATE: No he didn’t)

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Update (4:31pm): Buster Olney is shooting the report down now. So much for that.

4:20pm: First it was Felix Hernandez, and now another drool-worthy future free agent target is off the market. Via MLBTR, AL MVP Joe Mauer has agreed to a 10-year contract extension with the Twins, locking him up until the ripe old age of 37. No word on the money yet, but I would think it’s over $200M. Good for him, good for the Twins, good for baseball, bad for the Yanks.

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  • http://twitter.com/tafkasic the artist formerly known as (sic)

    Good for the Twins. I’m OK from our perspective. We have Jesus.

    The Red Sox are gonna be fine too, because they’re going to slot Casey Kelly in at C on the days that he’s not winning them Cy Youngs.

    Win-win-win.

    • Thomas

      I’ve heard Casey Kelly is fast enogh to pitch his fastball, run to the dugout put on catcher’s gear (not that he needs it with his pinpoint control and great hand), and then run behind the plate to catch the ball.

      Additionally, he is fast enough to run out to shortstop and field the ball, if it is hit into the field of play. Of course, the only person who could even dream of hitting Casey Kelly is Casey Kelly (maybe Anthony Rizzo).

      • UWS
      • http://twitter.com/tafkasic the artist formerly known as (sic)

        I have heard this as well. Additionally, he is able to call games with equal skill as one Jason Varitek, which means that he will pitch and call at least 1 perfect game per season.

      • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

        He will be put into the HoF during his rookie season due to all the rule changes that will be instituted to account for his abilities.

  • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

    This is good for Mauer, the Twins, and baseball. I wonder if Carl Pohlad’s son is more willing to spend money than his father. Credit where credit’s due though, in spite of being miserly (or because), the Twins have had a really competitive club for a very long time.

    • A.D.

      They also have a new ballpark this year, which almost always generates new revenue & I believe they had a pretty bad deal at the dome (i.e. little to no cut of concessions).

      • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

        Oh no doubt. Their lease was brutal and it certainly didn’t attract FAs. Even so, Minnesota is actually a fairly good market with a dedicated fan base beyond just Minnesota (pretty much anything west to about Central Idaho and they also control a good deal of northern Wisconsin), even with the Dome, I’m sure their revenues were high enough to have raised payroll.

        As my second favorite team, I wish only good things for them. The stadium, even without a retractable roof, should definitely enable them to raise payroll and attractive a better pool. Will they? Who knows?

        • Tom Zig

          An open air stadium in Minnesota…ehhhhhh I don’t know who thought of that idea. Best of luck to them with those early April games.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

          The Twins are your second favorite team? Blech.

          They’re way too successful to be a second favorite team in my book. You’ve got to balance out the Yankee awesomeness by picking a second favorite team that’s really pathetically putrid. My second favorite team alternates between the Nationals, Pirates, and Royals.

          Plus, the whole Twins copying our pinstripes… tacky. Especially the road unis. Grays with blue pinstripes and red wordprint: garish.

          • Thomas

            You’ve got to balance out the Yankee awesomeness by picking a second favorite team that’s really pathetically putrid.

            Then shouldn’t your second favorite team be the Mets?

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

              There are some lines that cannot be crossed.

              Michael Kay on his radio show was trying to lure Met fans to switch allegiances and become Yankee fans. He was offering a Met fan 4 tickets to two different Yankee home games, of your choosing, for proclaiming permanent revocation of Met fandom.

              I contemplated calling up the show and lying to him, pretending that I was a lifelong Met diehard willing to switch so that I could score some free Yankee tickets on the sly. But, the thought of merely impersonating a Met fan, even for a few seconds, made my skin itch.

              I nearly threw up just typing this description to you now.

              • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                I would have done it. I hatet he Mets, but that’s a sweet deal.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                  I’m a great liar, but I couldn’t have pulled it off. I would have folded on cross examination.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  Meh, if I were to try a stunt like that I’d probably have the Mets wikipeia article up in front of me, or perhaps I’d have a Mets fan friend in the room for reference (20 dollars to pay him off is a hell of a lot less than the price of four tickets).

            • Tom Zig

              Well their recent activity certainly fits the bill, but they’ve had success. But the Pirates, they are historically pathetically putrid. They are like the bizarro Yankees.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                That’s part of it too.

                They got smoked in it, but the Mets did actually make it to the World Series a decade ago.

                The Pirates haven’t even made the playoffs since the beginning of the Clinton administration. The BEGINNING of it, mind you.

                The last time the Royals mattered, Ronald Reagan was president.

                • JAG

                  See, I think the Nats are a bigger sign of perpetual mediocrity/futility. They haven’t had a winning record in their existence as the Nationals (I don’t think, could be wrong there), and they weren’t any better as the Expos. Their best shot at a winner was the 94′ season.

                  Personally, my 2nd favorite team is the Rockies but that’s partly due to my relocation to Colorado and partly bandwagoning from 2007 when they won the extra-inning 163rd game. Hooked me from there.

                  -JM

                • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

                  Why do you sign “JM”?

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                  Quoting myself:

                  “My second favorite team alternates between the Nationals, Pirates, and Royals.”

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  My second favorite team is the Pirates. I actually admire the fan base, the ballpark is mostly empty but not as empty as some other ultra shitty teams.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  BTW, LoHud’s got another one for the open thread.

                • DP

                  Isn’t everything on LoHud an open thread?

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  I mean, they have another batshit insane post for the open thread.

                  The stupidity is mind-boggling.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                  List of places tommiesmithjohncarlos never goes (list is not exhaustive):

                  LoHud
                  hockey games
                  New York Post staff meetings
                  touchtoneterriost’s house
                  places where there might be Dutch people

          • Tom Zig

            Lots of teams copy the pinstripes, off the top of my head:

            Rockies
            Mets
            Marlins
            Twins

            Haters gon’ hate.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

              Lovers gon’ love.

              • Tom Zig

                forgot the Cubs rock pinstripes as well.

                Jeez guys, stop stealin the ‘stripes. They don’t make the Yankees successful, they just make them look better when they are being successful.

                • Thomas

                  White Sox use the stripes as well. Luckily they don’t use these ones any more

                  http://cache.daylife.com/image.....w/340x.jpg (Safe, but horrible)

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                  The Chicago White Sox: The butt-ugliest team in baseball history.

                  http://sullybaseball.blogspot......white.html (safe, but dangerous. The goggles do nothing.)

                • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

                  A piece of my soul just died.

                • Thomas

                  SHORTS!!!!!!!!!!

            • 28 next year

              the phillies have pinstripes as well

          • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

            I lived in bumfuck northern Wisconsin for a while. It was better than the Brewers.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

              I lived in bumfuck Nebraska for a while. I became a Miami Hurricanes fan because, well, fuck the midwest.

              • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

                Different sport. Besides, I said second favorite.

                Yankees
                (Unbelievably huge gap. Like Tila Tequila in an NBA gangbang)
                —————–
                Twins
                (small-to-moderate gap)
                —————–
                Pirates

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                  Fair enough. Alls I’m saying is, if you live in the middle of nowhere with crappy local teams, nobody ever told you you have to pick one of these local crappy teams. You can pick a team from halfway across the country.

                  If you’re a contrarian jerkface, you can pick a team from halfway across the country expressly because said team beats the snot out of the local crappy team you dislike and you enjoy shoving that shit in people’s faces.

                  I’m just saying.

  • ev

    That is an insane extension

    • Reggie C.

      Whatevs… Mauer can become the new 1B after Morneau leaves as a FA after 2013, or if too soon, the eventual new 1B.

  • chriskeo

    Well, it’s best for the game this way.

    Positives:
    1. The Red Sox can’t sign him.
    2. The Yankees still have Jesus Montero, Austin Romine, and other promising prospects.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada
    • Tom Zig

      I agree with what this guy said.

      You forgot that the Red Sox still have Jason Varitek and probably will continuously keep him around. He’ll be like Milton from Office Space.

      • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew
      • JAG

        Hey, as long as he stays in their lineup, I’m cool with Tek playing until he’s 70.

        -JM

  • Praveen

    At least this keeps him away from the Red Sox.

  • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

    Worse for the Red Sox.

    I never thought we’d get Mauer (unlike Felix) so this transaction actually pleases me. I hope he continues to help his team take AL Central. A win-win-win decision for the Twins and Morneau no longer has to threaten to disown Mauer over FA.

    Now the reasonable among us can devote more time to drooling over our catching prospects.

  • The Scout

    This is always the risk when you (that is, the Yankees) opt to stay out of one free agent class because the next one is supposed to be much better. Although it worked out that way in 2008, it isn’t the norm. Teams will invest heavily to retain their top home-grown talent because the marketing benefits are enormous. Worse yet, once the talent pool shrinks because teams keep their best players, the price of the remaining high-end talent tends to escalate.

    Fortunately for the Yankees, though, the organization is well-stocked with catching talent on the rise. So this should not be a position need when Posada is done.

    • Hughesus Christo

      Are you referring to Matt effing Holliday? Please tell me there’s some other free agent who secretly hit the market this offseason.

      • Steve H

        This. You stay out of the FA market if it’s weak AND you have to grossly overpay for the top guys, who are only top guys, because the FA class is weak.

      • The Scout

        I’m saying no more or less than what I said. I’m not suggesting the Yankees should have signed player X or Y. I referred to one justification Cashman has given for avoiding the 2009 pool; he believes 2010 will be stronger. The problem, I indicated, is that you have no control over who will sign with their own team (or be traded and then sign a long-term deal with their new team). I really cannot say it any more clearly. Now I’ve said it twice. Of course, people insist on reading into some comments something more than is there…..

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      This is always the risk when you (that is, the Yankees) opt to stay out of one free agent class because the next one is supposed to be much better.

      As one of the biggest “Let’s not trade for Player X because there’s a great crop of free agents in the 2010-2011 offseason we can sign for nothing but money” advocates around here, let me preemptively say one thing in my defense:

      I never EVER expected Joe Mauer to be part of next year’s free agent class. I always spoke of the free agents available next winter NOT INCLUDING Mauer, since I always assumed the Twinkies would lock him up, as they did.

    • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

      There’s also the added benefit of Mauer being home-grown-home-grown talent. It’s actually sort of amazing that the Twins had that pick in a year in which a generational talent from Minnesota was there.

      • Steve H

        Yet got crap for taking him over Prior.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

          To be fair, though, Mark Prior was the shiznit before Dusty Baker broke him.

          • http://twitter.com/tafkasic the artist formerly known as (sic)

            To be fair, though, Mark Prior had a whole world of mechanical trouble despite being overused.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

              Doesn’t mean he was destined to break down, though. If properly developed, who knows how long he could have continued to be an elite starter? Possibly a long, long time.

              • http://twitter.com/tafkasic the artist formerly known as (sic)

                got yo’ whole block sayin TRU DAT

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                  /Lauryn’d

          • Steve H

            Yeah, but even if Mark Prior hit his peak, you’d still likely take Mauer. Add in that Mauer was 20% of the cost of Prior, and that Mauer was from Minnesota, and it looks like a no-brainer.

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

              How do you figure he was 20% of the cost? IIRC, Prior got $10M, Mauer $5M and change.

              • Steve H

                I was going off my obviously poor memory. That being said, even at 50% of the cost my point remains the same, if weakened.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

              True.

              Not saying that the Twins should have taken Prior, just giving Prior (and the Prior backers from back in the day) some love. He was a damn good prospect in his own right, and his career was probably cut short due to horrible player development practices from one of the two great pitcher-killers of the modern baseball world in Johnnie B. “Dusty” Baker, Jr.

              • Steve H

                Yeah, I have no doubt that the majority of teams would have taken Prior, in that he was extremely high end talent and close to the majors. Mauer was definitely a bigger question mark, but I don’t think the Twins deserved the backlash they got. It was deemed as “only about money”, but there was certainly more to it.

            • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              I’m going off of memory here, but I think you’re significantly underestimating the perceived gulf between Prior and Mauer as prospects at the time they were draft-eligible. It’s easy to look back now and lose perspective on this, but Prior was like Strasburg when he came out of USC, he was seen as a once in a generation kind of talent. Mauer, while highly-regarded, just wasn’t in that class at the time.

              It all worked out for the Twins in the end, but that doesn’t mean that Mauer was a better prospect than Prior was, at that time. It was a financial decision.

              • Steve H

                I agree with that, see above. I just remember the Twins getting destroyed because people claimed it was only about money. They still spent quite a bit on the bonus. Had it only been about money, they wouldn’t have taken Mauer either, they would have taken the Matt Bush of that draft.

                • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  Eh, I think they were just lucky that the Matt Bush of that draft, the local guy who was not the most expensive option, happened to be Joe Mauer. It certainly wasn’t a laughable pick like the Bush pick was, but it was still universally knocked at the time.

                • Steve H

                  But he still cost $5 million, which was one of the biggest bonuses of all time.

                • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

                  The Mauer-Prior decision is a different animal than the Matt Bush thing. Both Prior and Mauer were legit 1/1 talents, but there was no stand out guy in 04. Stephen Drew and Jered Weaver were the top guys, but they weren’t on the Mauer-Prior level. The Tigers got slammed for taking Verlander 2nd overall in 04 because he considered more of a mid-first round guy, but that worked out well.

                  It’s just that Prior was sooo good, it was hard to believe they passed on him.

                • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  Yeah I exaggerated a bit too much there, Mauer and Bush aren’t comparable at all (although I tried to say as much in saying that the Mauer pick wasn’t laughable like the Bush pick). Mauer would have been a top pick whether the Twins were picking at the top of the draft or not, but Prior was the consensus number 1 that year.

                  I’ll stand by the point that Mauer was most certainly not a no-brainer over Prior, though, per the comment I responded to.

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      So the Yankees should have snatched up an expensive FA this offseason at a position they didn’t need to fill with a superstar in case another superstar who fills a position that isn’t a need for the Yanks resigns with his home team…?

      GDI, Cashman is running this organization in all the wrong ways.

      • The Scout

        I will point you to my response above. For some reason, people here persist in reading into a comment something that is NOT there.

        OK, for those who seem to be having difficulty with English today: No, I did not advocate throwing money at a free agent just for the sake of spending money. All I said was that you cannot bank on a deep free agent class a year in advance because some, even most, of the top players will resign with their own team. What looks like a strong free agent class today for after 2010 simply may prove to be a lot less attractive as the Mauers of the world make long-term deals to stay put.

        • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Here’s what people are taking issue with… You said:

          “This is always the risk when you (that is, the Yankees) opt to stay out of one free agent class because the next one is supposed to be much better.”

          What people, pretty reasonably, think you’re saying there, is that the Yankees should have spent money this offseason because it was reported (apparently falsely) that one of the players they were presumably targeting next offseason won’t be available.

          But the response to that line of thinking is that the Yankees weren’t necessarily making a decision this offseason to not spend on the most expensive free agents because they were making a choice between spending in 2009-2010 or spending in 2010-2011, but that they chose not to spend on the most expensive free agents in 2009-2010 because the players available weren’t to their liking, regardless of whether a particular player, like Joe Mauer, will be available in 2010-2011.

          And, since you reacted so sensitively to the responses… Calm down, dude. Nobody’s having difficult with English, there’s no need to be a dick.

  • Marc

    You can quote this, if Montero catches 100 games at the Major League level I’ll eat my shoe.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      Do me a favor: Send me a picture of your shoes. I want to pick which one you’ll be eating.

    • A.D.

      if Montero catches 100 games at the Major League level I’ll eat my shoe.

      In a year? or in his career?

  • Reggie C.

    Fantastic news.

    Now we’re for sure going to swim or sink with the current catching depth assembled in our farm. The gauntlet is fully down for Montero, Romine, JR Murphy, and Sanchez to become the next full-time Yankees catcher.

  • chriskeo

    Well maybe not, according to Buster Olney (who cited multiple sources) the preliminary deal may not be in place yet.
    Its the last few tweets.

    http://twitter.com/Buster_ESPN

  • Rey22

    It was inevitable…but still….

    …Nooooooooooooooooooooooo!!! :(

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

    The Hernadez extension hurts more. I’m more surprised that the King didn’t use his maximum leverage for more money.

    Mauer eschewing free agency to stay in his hometown was much more predictable.

    • Steve H

      King Felix’ extension hurts more, but was also more likely. As a pitcher his risk of injury is significantly higher than Mauer’s, and he needs to get the $$ while he can.

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    This is good news. Jesus to teh 2011 Yankees’ Catcher.

    • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

      Hmm..

      This is good news. Jesus to teh 2011 Yankees’ Catcher.

      Mauer to teh Yanks in 2011!

      …I keed.

  • http://twitter.com/tafkasic the artist formerly known as (sic)

    Now that the Yankees are out on Mauer, you have to think they’ll use some of their 2012 Mauer budget for Damon, who is a HoF OFer and one of the greatest LH bats of all time

    /heyman’d

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Templeton_Peck Templeton “Brendog” Peck

    even if it isnt done yet it will get done. just act like it is

  • AndrewYF

    There’s a lot of premium talent signing premium extensions with their teams. Much more than there used to be. It could very well be that Sabathia and Teixeira are the two best free agents in a very, very long time.

    • Zack

      Disagree, Prince Fielder will see FA, and other Boras clients will as well. Cain probably will, can SF afford Lincecum and Cain along with Zito’s contract?

      There will always be elite FA, there will not just be 5 top guys under 30 available, there never are, it’s always usually just 2-3.

      • AndrewYF

        Has Cain been a better pitcher than CC Sabathia’s final 4 pre-FA years? No. Is he likely to be? Again, no.

        Is Prince Fielder an elite hitter now, better than Teixeira? Yes, but look at his father’s career trajectory. We all know how humongous Cecil Fielder is. Prince Fielder is bigger. That, and he’s a DH-in-waiting. Plus, his middle name is an i away from ‘Semen’. Furthermore, he’s not a FA yet.

        I could see an argument for Adrian Gonzalez being a better FA than Mark Teixeira, but not by that much, and again he’s 2 years away from it. Who knows what will happen. If he gets traded, there’s a good bet Adrian will sign an extension. Boras does love to get his clients to FA, but if Fielder gets offered a ridiculous extension, there’s no rule that says Boras isn’t going to take it.

        There may occasionally be elite free agents on the scale of Sabathia and Teixeira, but certainly not at the rate of those from 2000 to 2009. Those days are over. And I would bet dollars to donuts that Tim Lincecum doesn’t don another team’s uniform for the next 10 years.

        • Zack

          CC’s ERA+
          05: 104
          06: 139
          07: 141
          08: 157

          Cain’s ERA+
          06: 123
          07: 118
          09: 151
          10: —

          Pretty close to me, plus Cain will be a year younger I believe when he hits fA.

          “Furthermore, he’s not a FA yet.”
          -The whole discussion was about future elite FAs

          “but if Fielder gets offered a ridiculous extension, there’s no rule that says Boras isn’t going to take it.”
          -Rule? No. Fair to predict? Yes. When was the last time a Boras’ client signed an extension a year away from FA?

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

    Update (4:31pm): Buster Olney is shooting the report down now. So much for that.

    Meh, it’s just delaying the inevitable. Maybe it ends up only an 8 year deal or something, but Mauer’s still going to get locked up by the end of the week.

    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Templeton_Peck Templeton “Brendog” Peck

      Mauer’s still going to get locked up by the end of the week.

      \Laird brothers’d

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        Well played.

      • Tom Zig

        ietc

      • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew
    • Tom Zig

      That’s ok. We’ll sign Bryce Harper in 2018 (rough estimation). By then Jesus Montero may have been moved to first base because he kept growing and is 7 feet tall.

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      This week:Mauer extension :: Regular Season:Yankees WS Championship.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        It’s a damn shame that analogies were removed from the SAT. That’s a good one you just made.

        • Steve H

          They were? I gotta go back and take it, that damn verbal crap killed me.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

            One of the big changes you should be pleased with is the decision to remove analogies from the SAT Critical Reading section. Analogies were questions that tested you both on your knowledge of vocabulary and your ability to logically compare the meanings of words. Critics of analogy questions complained that they would not be employed in “real life” and that they were biased towards certain socio-economic groups. In response, the College Board replaced the analogies with sentence completion questions. Sentence Completion questions test a student’s knowledge of vocabulary in context, which is considered more appropriate and indicative of a student’s knowledge.

            http://www.proprofs.com/mwiki/.....s._Old_SAT

            Before you go all “These damn young kids have it easy!!!”, remember that the new SAT now has a 25 minute written essay. Chew on that.

            • Steve H

              When I was in school I had to walk 5 miles uphill, both ways, in snow, just to go to class.

              /old curmudgeon’d

  • Marc

    Screw Buster, where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      Hold on, there… Buster’s not saying “it’s not going to happen”, he’s just saying “It hasn’t happened just yet”.

      He also tweeted this:
      http://twitter.com/Buster_ESPN/status/8514397470

  • Reggie C.

    Its probably premature , but I don’t think we’ve kicked around the possibility of Justin Morneau hitting FA after 2013. When the Mauer deal gets signed, does anyone think the Twins will have enough down the pipeline to commit the monies to resigning Morneau? I’m leaning towards no … especially considering that team’s need for ace pitching.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      I bet when Morneau’s deal is up, the Twins replace him internally.

      They’ll either have a good bat in the minors who can play first (since pretty much everyone can play first), or they’ll have a good catcher in the minors and move Mauer to first.

    • JSquared

      I don’t think they would re-sign him. internal options are probably a better bet. Getting the two picks and using any saved money on pitching would probably benefit them.

    • Marc

      The Twins aren’t poor people, they’re moving into a new outdoor stadium, Nathan’s deal will be off the books by then. Non of their other players are due for huge raises by then.

      They very well could afford Morneau and Mauer.

      • JAG

        They could also do much, much worse than locking up a core of Mauer and Morneau. I’ve got no feeling one way or the other whether Morneau will be a FA or not at the end of his deal, but I could definitely see it going either way, and unless Morneau’s extension is ridiculously high, the Twins might not be doing themselves a disservice either way.

        -JM

  • Warren

    Why can’t the media wait till there is a signed signature on a contract with the ink dried ?

    • chriskeo

      Why can’t the media wait till there is a signed signature on a contract with the ink dried ?
      This is our fault partially. It also doesn’t help that outside of the Damon/Boras drama, not much else is going on right now.

      • Zack

        Its our fault? I’m sorry I dont take part in sending out false tweets.