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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. Joe - Mar 21, 2010 at 5:56 PM

    Such a good day for Twins fans.

  2. Patrick - Mar 21, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    Speaking as a Twins fan…

  3. A.J. - Mar 21, 2010 at 6:19 PM

    Who cares about Twins fans?

  4. Yankees fan - Mar 21, 2010 at 6:21 PM


  5. kathleen - Mar 21, 2010 at 6:36 PM

    how ridiculous to give someone that much money to play a frikkin game..its embarassing..I didnt know the twins had any fans by the way

  6. RonBurgundy - Mar 21, 2010 at 6:43 PM

    So this is good thing for the Twins fans…all 8 of them.

  7. Blake - Mar 21, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    Hey you, get back in the kitchen.

  8. Javer - Mar 21, 2010 at 6:56 PM

    Kathleen is an R-tard.

  9. TwinsFan - Mar 21, 2010 at 6:56 PM

    Seriously man, all eight twins fans? Grow up!!

  10. Tom - Mar 21, 2010 at 7:08 PM

    Yes, they should use that money to pay teachers!

  11. kathleen - Mar 21, 2010 at 7:16 PM

    wow javer..i may cry for weeks

  12. Bob in MN - Mar 21, 2010 at 7:23 PM

    Ha ha Evil Empire!!!!! Go pound sand and dig in someone else’s sandbox!!! Its a great day in Minnesota and MLB !!!! The world does not revolve around NYC and Boston!!!
    P.S. – At last count there were 2,400,000 Twins fans!!!! That’s the number of tickets sold SO FAR for this year in our fabulous new stadium!!!!

  13. Pete - Mar 21, 2010 at 7:29 PM

    you people aren’t serious are you? it’s called capitalism. 80 percent of the people in this country can be teachers. 3 or 4 people in the world can do what Joe Mauer does. hasn’t this argument been dismissed already?

  14. kathleen - Mar 21, 2010 at 7:30 PM

    hey i am a baseball fan and I can there! lol

  15. William Kazak - Mar 21, 2010 at 7:30 PM

    Go buy some operations for kids with cleft pallates.
    Feed some hungry people.

  16. Professor Dave - Mar 21, 2010 at 7:39 PM

    What’s interesting is not the blather in so many of the comments above, but whether this deal represents a continuing paradigm shift.
    For quite awhile, we were watching a game in which stars for small-market teams had to be traded and generally signed with big-market teams when they had their first shot at FA. But there’s been deal after deal in which younger stars signed away a few FA years for guaranteed money, signifying a nice shift in philosophy and available revenue. Mauer extends that trend by taking a superstar in his prime, close to the end of his cost-controlled years, and placing him essentially permanently with his home team. Is this a trend? Will other teams follow this model and keep their best players from becoming FAs, or is this just a concatenation of random events.
    It could just be the …
    Right player for the right team (St. Paul boy drafted by the Twins)
    with the right agent (Shapiro, with the history of keeping iconic stars at home
    at the right time (the new Pohlads just taking over and a publicly funded stadium about to open).
    If Mauer were from California, playing in the Metrodome, with the old Carl Pohlad in charge, I have my doubts this deal happens.

  17. Jason - Mar 21, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    It’s a great day to be a Twins fan and for MLB. Mauer would have got more money from New York or Boston.
    MLB really does need a salary cap.

  18. Matt - Mar 21, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    Nice, now what are they going to do for a closer?

  19. Randall - Mar 21, 2010 at 8:15 PM

    I’d say it’s nice to see someone the Yankees couldn’t buy, but I doubt he left that much on the table. He got a nice long deal for a catcher. Good for Minny anyway.

  20. Steverman - Mar 21, 2010 at 9:14 PM


  21. Oggmonster - Mar 21, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    Don’t underestimate how severe the backlash would be in Minnesota if the Twins had allowed him to walk. The way I look at it, they couldn’t afford to not sign him.
    Also, I think it’s embarrassing that Tom and Kathleen can afford computers.

  22. Jamie - Mar 21, 2010 at 9:47 PM

    Yes, they should use those computers to pay teachers!

  23. The Common Man - Mar 21, 2010 at 10:27 PM

    /sigh of relief(but not sigh of closer)
    It’s good to be a Twins fan. Now who are Yankee and Red Sox fans going to openly covet?

  24. Patrick - Mar 22, 2010 at 2:23 AM

    Right, of course, there are no Twins fans… Out on the east coast, or out on the west coast, or in the south.
    There are Twins fans in – gasp – Minnesota. Enough of them that the Twins expect to be in the top half, probably the top third, in revenue going forward. The idea may shock some of you, that things and people exist outside of the massive, dirty, overcrowed cities you dwell in, but they really do.
    Sorry, the best position player in the American league isn’t coming to New York or Boston.

  25. Ed Koper - Mar 22, 2010 at 8:47 AM

    I think it’s great Mauer is staying in MPLS. That’s where he should be. Regarding these huge salaries that baseball players and football players get. If they generate the revenue to justify these salaries – great for everyone. What pisses me off is when these team owners get cities to pay for their stadiums – which in turn gives these teams the money to pay these high salaries. Building a stadium should be like a company building a factory – the expense is borne by the company or team. Why should the average Joe build stadiums for these multi millionaires so they can give athletes million dollar salaries. Americans have too much sports on the brain to let teams dictate to them.

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