Really? No consideration during 2010 negotiations that Mauer might not catch?
I find this statement from today's Strib article baffling:
"Every factor that the Twins and Mauer’s representatives could think of was discussed, projected and appraised before an agreement was reached. Every factor but one.
“I don’t think there was ever any expectation on either side,” Mauer’s agent, Ron Shapiro, said, “that Joe would be anything but a catcher.”
I know many (most?) fans thought he'd catch longer than through 2013 but almost all of the boards were discussing how long he'd catch and how many games he'd catch as he aged.
I can't believe that it wasn't part of the negotiations. (I'm not calling Shapiro a liar, I'm just stunned).