As the foremost Twins dude on the Internets I defer to Aaron’s take on the Mauer deal. But others have weighed in too. Let’s take a look-see:
- J.C. Bradbury: “I worry that the Twins may have stretched a bit here with this long-term
commitment . . . But the Twins are one of the best-managed organizations in baseball, so I
think they deserve the benefit of the doubt.”
- Matthew Carruth, FanGraphs: “In the short term, this deal is fair to both sides. Where it might get
dicey is down the line when Mauer reaches his mid-30s. I don’t think him
staying at catcher is needed for this to work out though. Mauer’s bat
is good enough to stand a move to first base and he would benefit from a
likely increase in playing time. My concern is simply that for being on
the hook for eight years and giving him a full no trade clause, I feel
the Twins should have gotten a bit more of a discount.”
- SethSpeaks: “Yes, this deal
is more than just about baseball, but from a purely baseball aspect,
a great deal.”
- Twinkie Town: “I can’t tell you how ecstatic I am about this. Right now, this looks
like a fantastic deal for both sides. It’s a very fair deal,
particularly when you expect baseball’s financial market to rebound in
coming seasons. As long as Joe stays healthy, that is.”
- Only Baseball Matters: “That’s how you handle a once-in-a-generation talent. Teams that are
run by real general managers, and owned by real men who know what the
hell they are doing, understand this.”
- TYU: “Yankee fans who were planning on acquiring him to replace Jorge Posada
will have to look elsewhere.”
- Mark Steyn: “more bureaucracy, massive IRS expansion, explosive debt, the end of the
Pax Americana, and global Armageddon.”
That last one was about health care reform, not Mauer specifically. I include it, though, because what with the global Armageddon and all, it’s not like the Twins will really have to worry about the back end of the Mauer contract. Total win-win for Minnesota, really.
Baseball was not invented by some American in upstate New York. Rather, it evolved from a number of different bat-and-ball games like cricket, rounders, bat and trap, and stool ball. These games, first played in England, meshed together over time in important ways to form what we now know of as baseball. It’s a fascinating history, featured in a great documentary which searches for baseball’s primordial common ancestor.
Which is to say that, while this seems odd given baseball’s almost total lack of popularity in the U.K., it’s not entirely inappropriate. It’s really just an overdue homecoming:
The operators of the Olympic Stadium were on Saturday night in advanced negotiations to stage the first ever Major League Baseball game in Europe.
Telegraph Sport has learnt that serious talks have taken place over bringing a series of MLB matches to the London 2012 centrepiece, potentially as early as 2017.
MLB officials have long been exploring hosting regular-season games in Europe, declaring an interest in the Olympic Stadium as long ago as March 2012.
“Matches.” OMG the British are so cute.
All we Yanks ask is that our British cousins play evening games so we can watch them at a decent hour. Thanks.
(h/t CBS Eye on Baseball)
Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes pleaded not guilty yesterday to abusing his wife in Hawaii on October 31.
Reyes was arrested at the time and was released after posting $1,000 bail. He was not in Hawaii for the arraignment and his not guilty plea was entered on his behalf by his attorney.
Which means that he’s probably in his usual offseason home on Long Island. Which, I am told, is a short drive from Major League Baseball headquarters. Which makes one wonder if Reyes has yet to be interviewed by Rob Manfred in anticipation of the punishment he will no doubt receive under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. A policy which specifically says that the Commissioner need not wait for the justice system to play out before assessing his own discipline.
So, Rob. How you doin’ man?
Ben Cafardo of the Boston Globe speculated on Sunday that there might be a connection between the Giants and veteran free agent right-hander John Lackey, and now FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that San Francisco is indeed in pursuit.
Rosenthal says the Giants, “like most clubs seeking pitching, [are] examining [a] wide range of options” in this starter-heavy free agent market. Lackey would make a ton of sense for any contender on something like a two-year deal. His free agency is tied to draft pick compensation, but that shouldn’t be much of a deterrent.
The 37-year-old right-hander registered a career-best 2.77 ERA across 218 innings (33 starts) this past season for the National League Central-champion Cardinals and he was St. Louis’ most reliable starter during the playoffs.
It’s well known that he wants to remain in the National League.
As first reported by beat writer Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, the Angels have signed free agent catcher Geovany Soto to a one-year major league contract. MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez says the deal is worth $2.8 million guaranteed.
Soto will offer some veteran presence at catcher for the Halos alongside 25-year-old Carlos Perez, who hit .250/.299/.346 as a rookie in 2015.
Soto slashed .219/.301/.406 with nine homers in 78 games this summer for the White Sox.
The 32-year-old backstop is a .246/.331/.434 career hitter at the major league level.