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Twins lock up Mauer for $184 million

Mar 21, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

The Twins got it done Sunday, signing 2009 AL MVP Joe Mauer to an eight-year, $184 million contract extension through 2018.
The deal, which includes a no-trade clause, averages $23 million per season. It’s the fourth-largest pact in major league history, behind the 10-year deals signed by Alex Rodriguez ($275 million in 2008, $252 million in 2001) and Derek Jeter ($189 million in 2001).
Mauer’s 2010 salary of $12.5 million remains intact, so the Twins now have their catcher under control for nine years, or through his age-35 season. One can’t help but wonder if he’ll still be a catcher then or if he’ll come close to resembling a $23 million-per-year player, but that the Twins were able to retain one of the game’s two-best players is a huge coup for the short-term.

  1. Dennis G. - Mar 22, 2010 at 8:47 AM

    For those of you commenting on twins fans or lack of. How many MLB teams have sold over 2.6 million tickets for the 2010 season?
    Just curious.

  2. Sharon - Mar 22, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    There’s not one person in this world worth that! It’s always about money isn’t it. I’d like to see these owners send some of that money to people in need. That goes for all the players too!

  3. Ken - Mar 22, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Really Sharon? First off, Major League baseball and players in general donate millions of dollars and millions of hours of their own time to help those less fortunate. As a general rule…people with money…here it comes…and busineeses do a whole lot more for the previously mentioned less fortunate than the masses. Not to mention what they have to pay out in taxes.
    Next topic up…why do they get paid so much? Simple supply and demand…if you did something that 2.4 million people wanted to watch you do…you’d make that money too. Then you could give it all away if you wanted to.
    As far as the Yankees wanting Mr. Mauer…every team would want him. They say he’s a great guy and obviously can hit the tar out of a baseball. However maybe the “OTHER” fans writing these emails haven’t heard of cervelli or Montero. Feel bad for Boston…not New York as the Red Sox have two catchers that can’t reach second base without a relay throw. Can you say…record number of steals against? Thank you from a life long Yankee fan.

  4. joethefirst - Mar 22, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    Hey, when teachers produce as well as does Mauer, then they deserve more pay. As it stands now, considering the aggregate dismal academic performance of US students, teachers are overpaid.
    Enough about the poor. Instead of food, give them some good advice. Here is the advice: ‘You work, you eat; you don’t work, you don’t eat.’
    Computers for schools? How about parents spend less on cars, eating out, clothes, cable TV, movies, & etc. and spend more money on their kids? This also would allow parents more time with their kids and this would improve kids’ academic performances.

  5. gail - Mar 22, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    A perfect example of how revenue sharing CAN work if teams put the money back into player salaries. The Twins have averaged about 20MM/year from teams like NY and Boston, so I give them kudos for signing Mauer. Too many clubs just put the loot in their pockets instead of trying to better their clubs…..

  6. BIGBRUCE11047 - Mar 22, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    I cannot believe that somebody who plays baseball for a living is worth $23 million a year. The position of catcher takes the most out of a player physically. He’ll play four or five years at the catcher position and then his knees will be junk. Then to apease his contract they will put him at first base. The Twins will benefit from this contract for three or four years and that’s about it.

  7. Mike - Mar 22, 2010 at 3:23 PM

    Well the problem is that Budweiser, Miller, Go Daddy, Geico and others wouldn’t pay premium $$$ to advertise on televised classroom broadcasts, so unfortunately the cruel disparity between teacher and player pay will continue.

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