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Mauer's agent is in Fort Myers

Mar 4, 2010, 9:59 AM EST

LaVelle Neal reports that Joe Mauer’s agent, Ron Shapiro, is in Fort Myers meeting with Twins’ execs today. Everyone is saying it’s a routine visit, but Neal reports that, yes, Shapiro and the Twins will be negotiating about Mauer, which they have been doing on and off for a few weeks now.

Ominous note: Neal says “there are indications that progress has slowed recently.”  Given how mum everyone has been about it I’m not sure how you can tell, but Neal knows more than I do about it.  Whatever the case, recall that Mauer likely won’t be negotiating after spring training is over, so if there’s a deal to be done, they best get to it.

  1. Old Gator - Mar 4, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    I think his agent is just out there bagging feral monitor lizards. The bounty is lucrative. And given how tight the owners have been – and with congress looking as clueless as ever about what to do with the economy – they’re not likely to loosen up this coming offseason either.
    .
    Oh, you think I’m just raving again, eh? Well, lookie here:
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1160661/posts

  2. Anon - Mar 4, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    I predict no deal. If there was going to be a deal, there would have been one by now. Mauer apparently rejected the outlines of that 10-year deal that had been reported a month or so ago. So where do you go from there?
    Not signing Mauer before the season starts will be a huge, huge problem for the Twins. Take everything know about “distractions” and multiply them by 10. There are only 2 stories here in flyover country: will Favre return, and will Mauer leave?

  3. Bob - Mar 4, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    I think that its clear that Joe Mauer wants to play in Minnesota otherwise you’d be hearing more about some of the offers that Boston, NY, and LA may have made. I don’t understand all of the details around these contracts and negotiations but it seems crazy why they would let this go into the regular season. I think that it would be a terrible distraction. Both sides need to get this one done.
    Look what happened to Cal Ripken about 20 yrs ago…..

  4. Dahan - Mar 4, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    “given how tight the owners have been”
    You don’t actually pay attention to what’s going on much, do you?Like to think that how things were 5 years ago is still the same as today?
    The Twins owners have been forking over the cash:
    http://danny-knobler.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/8590096/19928879?source=rss_blogs_MLB
    Pay attention.
    Congress? You don’t even know about baseball. What do you know about Congress?

  5. Old Gator - Mar 4, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    It’s true, I don’t know much about congress. I am so relieved to hear that they’re actually on the job.

  6. Nora - Mar 4, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    I predict you have no idea what you are talking about. Remember Ripkin who had the same agent signed with the Orioles after the season started. So stop assuming thing you don’t know. Mauer has not put a deadline on it. Stop putting YOUR deadline on it.

  7. Walter Bishop - Mar 4, 2010 at 5:53 PM

    If Mauer had a set of nads, he’d tell the Twins, thanks for the memories, and listen to offers from REAL teams that CAN and WILL afford a MLB player with his talents. Again, if Mauer wants to win a World Series, he’d leave the small market Twins that really don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell to win a Championship, and follow the other Legends of MLB that has worn the Ultimate sign of Champions, and put on the Pinstrips of the 27 Time, World Series Champions, the Legendary New York Yankees. The minute Mauer walks into the brand new $1.5 Billion Shrine in the Bronx, and steps onto the field where the Greatest Professional MLB Legends have once & and currently play, he’ll know & feel what it’s like to be a part of the Greatest Professional Sports Franchise in History. All Mauer has to do is say he’d be honored to wear the Yankees Pinstripes, the Yankees will open the bottomless Vault of the YES Network Bank and award him with a $300 Million for 10 year contract, probably double what the Twins offered him. Pride, Power, and Tradition, that what the Legendary New York Yankees can offer Joe Mauer, and, a almost guarantee for a World Series Championship in no time at all, because whether all the non-sayers and idiots in Baaston want to admitt, the Fans of MLB are now witnessing the next New York Yankees dynasty! And, Joe Mauer has a chance to being a part of the tradition & history that is the Yankees, and that almost every other MLB player, whether they want to admitt it or not, would jump at the chance to wear the Legendary Pinstripes. Joe Mauer might be a lot of things, but, one thing he is not, and that is stupid. He’ll sign the contract with the Yankees, without a doubt!

  8. Dahan - Mar 4, 2010 at 10:23 PM

    “If Mauer had a set of nads, he’d tell the Twins, thanks for the memories, and listen to offers from REAL teams that CAN and WILL afford a MLB player with his talents.”
    Or maybe he considers it worth something to stay in the state that he grew up in, where his family lives. Maybe he feels loyalty to the the team that first selected him even though everyone said they were crazy not to pick Mark Prior instead. Maybe he wants to stay where he is adored by the fans in a way that he never would be anywhere else. Maybe he’s interested in having a legacy like that of Cal Ripkin Jr., one of the most respected names in the game, unlike a lot of the pukes that have gone for the money in NY and Boston.
    We’ll see how things play out, but your thinking that Mauer doesn’t have balls just shows how ignorant you are.

  9. Dahan - Mar 4, 2010 at 10:28 PM

    “It’s true, I don’t know much about congress. I am so relieved to hear that they’re actually on the job.”
    It’s also true you don’t know much about baseball apparently, considering how wrong you were about the point you tried to make. Nice attempt to try to move the topic away from that fact. Lol!

  10. Don O'Connor - Mar 5, 2010 at 3:33 PM

    I’m 74 yo…born in NYC…baseball fan since Brooklyn’s Pistol Pete Reiser’s rookie season (and league batting champion) in ’41…have lived all over the world…attended every playoff and Series game in Minneapolis when the “small market twins” were World Series Champions in 1986 and 1991…continue to be embarrassed by the foul and rude deportment of Yankee fans in both the true old Yankee Stadium and in their new “House of Crass”…so why should I be offended by the letter and tone of the outrageous comments of “Walter Bishop”!
    No wonder there is such acrimony in the American Congress?

  11. Old Gator - Mar 6, 2010 at 1:19 AM

    I think you misinterpreted my bored response to your initial gratuitous insult – part of a style which, based on your other posts, you can’t seem to do with out – as badly as you missed the whole point of my initial post, which had nothing whatsoever to do with the Twins per se. Before you start running around calling other people ignorant or stupid out of nothing but your own juvenile biliousness and apparent inferiority complex, you ought to take a look in the mirror and ask yourself why your capacity to read into a joke is so grievously challenged, and why you can’t seem to make a point without needlessly insulting your betters. I suspect you’ll be a less miserable person for it in the long run.

  12. Walter Bishop - Mar 6, 2010 at 10:00 PM

    Maybe he’s interested in having a legacy like that of Cal Ripkin Jr., one of the most respected names in the game….
    You have to be kidding us, most respected. That piece of garbage shouldn’t be in the Hall of Fame, because he has done NOTHING! I guess your one of these morons that actually believe he broke The Iron Horse Lou Gehrig’s record??? Yeah right! It’s easy to do when daddy is running the team and keeps his worthless son batting .195 in the lineup, just so he can make believe he actually EARNED a MLB record. Let’s see, Gehrig didn’t fly around the country in customed team Jets, have personal trainers, had steroids to use, had all the perks the MODERN athlete have. Nope, he took a train or bus to each city, and in between games, Barnstormed all across America and played for free, yeah, you heard right, for FREE!!! And, took care of himself, and didn’t have trainers wiping his ass after he took a crap. Ripken didn’t earn it, he’s not in the same stratosphere as The Iron Horse!Please Moron, learn about the game of MLB, before sooting your uneducated mouth off!!!

  13. Walter Bishop - Mar 7, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    Well there old timer, I’m gald you get to watch your adopted team, the small market Twins. And, I noticed that you attended, or in your own words, “attended every playoff and Series game in Minneapolis when the “small market twins” were World Series Champions in 1986 and 1991″…So, I guess your one of these fairweathered fans that only attend gains of your small market team ONLY when they are winning. What about all the other regular season games when the Twins weren’t winning? Sounds like to me that your nothing but an old timer front runner, and that you jump off the Twins Bandwagon when they are losing, but, you jump right on when they’re winning(although it’s been ages since the Twins played a game that meant something). It’s admirable that you stick up for your Twins, but, which Twins are you rooting for, the 1991 team or the present day team? And New Yorkers are rude??? If your scan’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen popps! The Yankees have done nothing wrong. They abid with the rules set forth by MLB’s governing body. In fact, if it wasn’t for the Yankees, quite a few of the small market teams, including your Twins would’ve already gone out of business and closed they’re doors, or, not have been able to sign the players they have if it wasn’t for the New York Yankees. Most of the small market team owners take the money the Yankees pay in the luxary tax, and stuff it into their pockets and never spend a dime of it on their respective teams. I’m even going to state that the Greatest Professional team owner in History, Mr George Steinbrenner and the New York Yankees are the best thing that ever happened to MLB, and continue to be. Please, maybe it’s early stage dementia or Altimzers, but, before you go putting down the Greatest Fans in the World, which are the fans of the Greatest Professional Sports Franchise in the hsitory of modern day sports, the 27 time World Series Champions, the Legendary New York Yankees, think about what your about to say, because everytime you speak, you make a fool of yourself Old Timer.

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