Contrary to a report from WCCO-TV in Minnesota, multiple outlets are now suggesting that the Twins have not agreed to a 10-year deal with reigning American League MVP Joe Mauer. ESPN's Buster Olney said (via Twitter) that the Twins are optimistic a deal will get done, but that none has yet been consummated. Earlier on Monday, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that all signs point toward a deal to keep Mauer in his home state of Minnesota for the long haul, though there had been no confirmation of any deal actually being in place.
Mauer, the first catcher in major league history to win three batting titles, is coming off a year when he led the American League in average (.365), OBP (.444) and slugging (.587) while hitting 28 homers and driving in 96 runs. The 26-year-old is set to enter the final year of a four-year, $33 million deal signed prior to the 2007 season. Were he to reach free agency, he would likely inspire an immense bidding war given his historic production as a catcher (combined with his Gold Glove defense) and his youth, as well as the potential need for a catcher by big-market teams such as the Red Sox (with Victor Martinez also a free agent after the coming year) and Yankees (whose catcher, Jorge Posada, will enter the last year of his four-year contract in 2011) after the 2010 season.
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