Those Minnesota Twins are funny the way they surprise you. For years everybody griped about how cheap they were; how they wouldn’t pay their star players to stick around. Not anymore. Joe Mauer is sitting pretty right now.
His eight-year, $184 million contract extension is downright Yankee-ish. I’m glad the Twins decided to pony up for a guy who’s not only a batting champ and MVP but a superior defensive catcher – not to mention a hometown boy. Throwing him into the free agent market would have looked something like this.
Can you imagine the feeding frenzy that would have taken place if he’d become a FA? I’m still recovering from the endless speculation about Halladay before he finally landed with the Phillies. As for the Yankees’ own contracts-to-be-dealt-with, I don’t really care if the front office waits until after the season to negotiate with Jeter and Mo. Those two will be Yankees for their entire careers. They just will be. Neither wants to go anywhere else. Neither has Scott Boras for an agent. Neither is losing sleep over how to pay their electric bill. Jeter took the subject off the table at his first session with the media at spring training, and Mo is busy looking stunning in those Canali ads.
So I don’t worry about our two homegrown Yankees. If Joe Mauer gets to stay with the Twins, the Yanks won’t be parting with the faces of their franchise….Not unless they want me to deal with.