Thursday, February 28, 2013
Mauer staying with Twins forever?
By Jason A. Churchill
Some nearly-unbelievable things simply can't be made up, and this one qualifies. Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer and his wife are expecting twins, the team's communications director reported via Twitter Wednesday night. If that doesn't qualify as kismet, nothing does.
Mauer was born in Minnesota, raised in Minnesota, drafted No. 1 overall by the Twins, won an MVP with the Twins and signed a long-term deal with them, too. Now he'll be the father of twins. Not that it was inevitable by any stretch, but how in the world can Mauer ever leave the organization, now?
There's been suggestions in the recent past that perhaps trading Mauer might behoove the Twins, since they are rebuilding and could use the payroll space Mauer's departure would clear. As far as we know, the club has never seriously considered the idea, nor has Mauer asked to be traded to a contending team.
Mauer, now 29, appears set to stay in Minnesota and with the Twins for the duration of his career. His current contract runs through 2018 and includes full no-trade protection. With twins on the way, too, Mauer could be a Minnesota lifer. Literally.