A television station in Minnesota reported that Joe Mauer has agreed to a 10-year deal with the Twins. That does not appear to be true according to multiple reports. But the sides are talking seriously and all indications are that a deal will get done.
This will come as bad news to fans of the Red Sox (and the Yankees) who were envisioning Mauer being signed as a free agent next winter. He would have been a perfect fit for either team.
But it's better for baseball that Mauer stay with the Twins. He's a hometown kid who was a two-sport high school star in St. Paul and loves that area so much that his vacation home is in Minnesota. If the Twins can't keep Mauer, what is the point of Minneapolis even having a team?
Yes, the Sox could have used Mauer. But it's OK for the other teams to have good players, too.