If Mauer does sign a contract extension to spend the prime of his career in Minnesota, Yankee and Red Sox fans should be disappointed that they miss out on one of baseball's best player, but fans of the game of baseball should be thankful. As a Yankee fan, it's fun for me to watch my team go get just about anyone they want by throwing money at players. It's fun to think about who the Yankees will sign in the off-season and how good he will make the team. As a baseball fan, though, I realize how horrible it is for the game for the Yankees to do that.
I hope Joe Mauer stays in Minnesota for a very long time. He's a great player and teams not named the Yankees deserve great players. In fact, the Yankees probably shouldn't be able to have that many great players. They can sign whoever they want because they play in a big market and have money. To level the playing field, baseball needs a salary cap and a salary floor. Teams like the Yankees should not be able to spend $500 million during one off-season on CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira and A.J. Burnett. On the other hand, teams like the Marlins should have to spend money on someone.