Speculation about Mauer trade premature
Sense of optimism that both sides will get deal done
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- As the start of the 2010 season draws closer, and Joe Mauer remains unsigned beyond this season, the concern from Twins fans over the catcher's future will likely continue to grow.The expectation all winter has been that the Twins will re-sign Mauer to a long-term contract extension. Yet there has been little news regarding the catcher's contract status in recent weeks. Neither side is speaking publicly about the negotiations, so not much is known about the status of those talks or what the Twins may be offering Mauer in either years or dollars. There still appears to be a sense of optimism that a deal between the two sides will get done. But as Opening Day approaches and no deal is in place, Star Tribune columnist Jim Souhan raised the unthinkable: Is it possible that the club would trade Mauer if they can't reach agreement on a long-term deal? So far there have been no indications that the Twins are pondering such a move, but the issue was a hot topic after Souhan's column on Thursday morning.
Such talk appears to be very premature. Mauer's agent, Ron Shapiro, was in Fort Myers for a couple of days last weekend, and there were reports that progress had been made between the two sides.
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