Nightengale: "Mauer talks couldn't be going better"

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USA Today’s Bob Nightengale is in Minnesota taking a tour of the new ballpark and tweets “Twins manager Ron Gardenhire says talks with Joe Mauer couldn’t be going better,” and that “It would be massive upset if Mauer contract extension isn’t resolved by spring.

This wouldn’t be at all surprising in that I think everyone’s gut feeling is that  Mauer will get his extension before the season. But I’m not sure how in-the-loop Gardenhire, and by extension Nightengale would be on negotiations. I mean, wouldn’t you rather have your field manager out of that almost entirely so that his relationship with the player isn’t colored by business stuff?

Still, anything that keeps the Yankees and Sox fans from coveting their neighbor’s catcher is fine by me.