V. Mart talks about Mauer
It is official — Victor Martinez will be the key catching free agent this winter, assuming he doesn’t sign an extension with the Red Sox before then. This, on the heels of Joe Mauer signing an eight-year, $184 million pact to stay with the Twins.
Martinez spoke for a few minutes this morning about Mauer.
“Man, that’s great, he deserves every penny he got. He’s going to be fine for the next eight years. He really deserves every penny. He’s obviously a great guy and a great player and I’m really happy for him.”
As AL Central rivals, they played against each other a lot. “Man, it’s a lot of fun. I got to play against him a lot when I was in Cleveland and it’s fun. The way he goes about his business, playing the game, it’s always fun to watch a guy like him play.”
Impact Victor’s situation? “I don’t know, man. I just worry about myself and just worry about being healthy and let things happen.”
How does this set the standard for the catching market? “When you talk about catchers, Joe Mauer is obviously a great player. With everything he’s done so far, he really deserves everything he got right now. I’ll just worry about myself and keep myself healthy.”
Victor still open to talking to the Red Sox? “It’s all up to them. It’s up to them. It’s all what they want to do. Like I said, we’ll see what happens.”
Twins spending that money, what does that mean? “They showed they want to compete and keep one of the main guys in their organization for a long time. That shows you they just want to go out there and compete.”
Has he talked to the Red Sox this spring? “No. Nothing to now.”
Will Mauer deal cause his own talks to start? “I don’t know, it’s all up to them. I just worry about myself and I’ll just keep working and be healthy and let things happen.”
Does Victor’s price go up now? “I don’t know. I can’t answer that question.”
Like to get talks going with Sox? “Man, you know what, I already told them through my agent that I was going to be more than happy to do it before the season. We’ll see what happens.”
“Well, like I say, I’m really happy about Joe and his contract. He really deserves it. On the other hand, I’m just worried about myself. I can’t control anything else. I’ll just worry about being healthy and keeping myself on the field.”