Mauer denies report of a negotiation deadline

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Yesterday Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan reported that Joe Mauer had imposed an Opening Day deadline on extension talks with the Twins. Mauer’s response? Wha?!

“I’m not going to react to every story/rumor that comes out or comment
on any negotiations. As far as that report, I don’t know where that
came from . . . I’ve always said it will happen when it needs to happen and I truly
believe that. I’m not
the kind of guy that, you know, says by this date we need to have
something done.”

Hard to say how this stuff happens. My guess: either Passan or his source — described as “a source close to the American League Most Valuable Player” — confused Mauer’s understandable desire or reasonable expectation to have something done before Opening Day with a demand that something be done then. This sort of thing happens when you’re essentially playing a game of telephone, which is more or less what all rumor reporting is.

Regardless, no one has denied last week’s report that the Twins are going to go all out to re-sign Mauer, likely before Christmas. With the new stadium and the MVP and his local boy status and all of that, it’s a no-brainer.

Report: Yankees, Red Sox near agreement to play two-game series in London in 2019

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Janet Paskin and Scott Soshnick of Bloomberg are reporting that the Yankees and Red Sox are near an agreement to play a two-game series in London in 2019. The games would be played at London Stadium, which hosted the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Major League Baseball has had games played internationally in Japan, Australia, and Mexico. It has yet to do so in Europe. The NFL will have three games played in London this year, with the Seahawks and Raiders matching up at Tottenham Stadium on October 14, the Eagles and Jaguars playing at Wembley Stadium on October 21 or 28, and the Titans and Chargers doing battle at Wembley Stadium on October 21 or 28. Those dates will likely be determined next month.