This greatly pleases Joe Maddon, the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays, one of the "other" teams in the AL East.
Via the Twitter feed of Boston Herald reporter Scott Lauber:
"On behalf of us, Toronto and Baltimore, we'd really like to thank the Twins for giving him a long-term deal."
You've got to love Maddon for his honesty and humor. Not that he's backing down from the big boys.
Via another Twitter feed, this time Alex Speier of WEEI.com:
"The Red Sox have got The Nation. The Yankees have The Universe. We've created the Rays Republic."