It’s looking more and more like Joe Mauer will be a Minnesota Twin for a long time to come. Despite conflicting media reports (from Ch. 4 and Ch. 11) on the state of the deal, it appears as though a long-term agreement is likely.
WCCO’s sports guru Mark Rosen had reported a source close to the deal says the basic framework of a 10-year deal is in place. Despite contradictions from KARE-TV, the Star Trib, and ESPN’s Buster Olney, Rosen’s standing by his report.
No matter the state of the deal’s completion — and despite a lot of anxiety among Twins fans — there are multiple reports of optimism about the negotiations from all sides.
MLB.com Twins beat writer Kelly Theiser broke down really well exactly why the deal’s so likely. (1) The Twins’ payroll has grown by over $25 million as the team moves into Target Field. (2) The Twins consider Mauer their franchise player. And (3) Ron Shapiro — Mauer’s agent, who represented Kirby Puckett and Cal Ripken in their days — is known to keep players in one place if the situation’s right.