What they're saying about the Joe Mauer deal

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Mauer big.jpgAs 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,
    it isn’t
    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.

Phillies, Red Sox interested in Carlos Santana

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The Phillies and Red Sox appear intent on pursuing free agent first baseman Carlos Santana, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports. Santana rejected a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Indians on Thursday and is expected to draw widespread interest on the market this winter. The Mets, Mariners, Angels and Indians could make a play for the infielder, though no serious offers have been made this early in the offseason.

Santana, 31, is coming off of a seven-year track with the Indians. He batted .259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs and 3.0 fWAR last season, making 2017 the fourth-most valuable year of his career to date. Although he was primarily stationed at first base over the last year, he could step back into a hybrid first base/DH role with the Red Sox, who are hurting for infield depth with Hanley Ramirez still working his way back from shoulder surgery.

As for Santana’s other suitors, the Mariners are far less likely to pursue a deal after trading for Ryon Healy last Wednesday. Neither the Mets nor the Phillies have a DH spot to offer the veteran infielder, and the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins appears to be blocking the way at first base. Then again, Santana may not find a more enticing offer outside of Cleveland, where Edwin Encarnacion might otherwise be the club’s best option at first base. During the GM meetings, Indians’ GM Mike Chernoff said he “love to have both [Santana and Jay Bruce] back” in 2018, but hasn’t backed up that love with any contract talks just yet.