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Mauer Confident Contract Will Work Out

Joe Mauer can become a free agent after the 2009 season, meaning the Twins would want to sign him for at least four years. That deal would be expected to average nearly $10 million a season.

If Mauer, eligible for salary arbitration after being paid $400,000 this year, opts for a one-year contract, he could earn $4 million next season.

"I'm just going to keep working hard, and that will all work out," he said.

Via Pioneer Press

Grass-Roots HOF Campaign Under Way For Blyleven

Bert Blyleven has a long list of accomplishments from his 22-year career in the Majors. But there is still one honor that is noticeably missing from his resume.

Blyleven is in his 10th year on the Hall of Fame ballot. His highest vote total was 53.3 percent in 2006. A candidate must get 75 percent of the vote to gain election. Results of the 2007 Hall of Fame election, voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America, will be announced on Jan. 9, and the induction ceremony will take place on July 29 in Cooperstown.

Via MLB.com

Twins Negotiating With Ponson

The Twins continue to negotiate with righthander Sidney Ponson.

Ponson was 4-5 with a 6.25 ERA with the New York Yankees and the St. Louis Cardinals last season.

Via Star Tribune

Twins, White Reach Preliminary Agreement

The Twins and Rondell White reached a preliminary agreement Tuesday on a $2.75 million, one-year contract.

White must pass a physical for the deal to be finalized, a person familiar with the negotiations said, speaking on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made. With a second-year option and performance bonuses, White could make $8.5 million if he has 650 plate appearances or more in each of the next two seasons.

Via AP

Radke To Retire On Tuesday

Brad Radke plans to make it official Tuesday with a press conference at the Metrodome, ending a 12-year major league career spent entirely with the Twins.

"It'll be a sad day because he's not going to be pitching for us anymore," manager Ron Gardenhire said Sunday. "And it's also going to be a great day because he's done so much for our organization. He started with us, and he never left us. That's something our organization is very, very proud of."

Via Star Tribune

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