Justin Morneau signs an extension, some minor stars sign with teams, and an extension with Joe Mauer could happen very soon.

Morneau signed a 1-year, $4.5 million deal on Friday evening. Slurpee expert Nick Punto signed a 2-year, $4.2 million contract, and Lew Ford will receive $985,000 in 2007. Juan Rincon also signed for a 1-year, $2 million deal.

 

It’s rumored from the Pioneer Press that the Twins are also in talks with Mauer, trying to sign him to a 4-year, $33 million deal. If Mauer’s numbers in the next seasons mimic his ’06 numbers, that type of price would be a steal for a franchise player like Joe.

 

Former Twin close Eddie Guardado will enter Cincinnati’s Spring Training with only a minor league deal under his belt. This could work out great for the Reds, if Guardado continues to have a good career as a closer.

 

NL Batting Champion Freddy Sanchez has re-signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He will be paid $2.75 million for one year.

 

Check out this article by Twins’ beat write Kelly Thesier. She talks about how the Twins are not set at rotation and will need different people to step it up to fill the void.

 

In football news, the Indianapolis Colts beat the Chicago Bears last night 29-17 in a turnover special. There was a total of 5 fumbles and 3 interceptions. Quarterback Peyton Manning was named MVP.

 

Also in football news, Packers’ QB Brett Favre has decided he will play in the 2007 season.

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