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Joe Mauer on track to return to Twins early next week

Aug 5, 2014, 7:55 PM EDT

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Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger on Tuesday that first baseman Joe Mauer is likely to rejoin the club early next week in Houston after playing in rehab games through the weekend with the Low-A Cedar Rapids Kernels.

Mauer has been on the disabled list since July 2 with a strained oblique. He’ll be looking to finish the 2014 season on a positive note after batting .271/.342/.353 with two homers and 28 RBI over his first 76 games.

Mauer is owed $23 million per year through 2018.

According to FanGraphs’ free agent values, the 31-year-old has been worth $2.8 million this year.

  1. glennsyank13 - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    What do Lyle Overbay and Joe Mauer have in common? Everything but a hundred million dollars or so.

  2. hardkor07mn - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Why bother? Sally

  3. NYTolstoy - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    It still makes me shake my head when they signed this deal and called it a “hometown discount”. It’s been nothing but a horrid horrid contract. And will just look worse as time goes on. Feel terrible for the twins to be stuck with it for 4 more years

  4. garrettperry - Aug 6, 2014 at 3:31 AM

    Don’t feel bad. The pohlads are some of the richest owners in baseball. The twins are still way under payroll and Mauer’s contract is barely crippling. At the time it was signed it was market value. The future of the twins isn’t based on Mauer’s contract but rather if the prospects pan out.

  5. schrutebeetfarms - Aug 6, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    What a gamer. Nothing can keep Joe off the field.

  6. huddlma - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Yet another absolutely, positively ridiculous contract for a player who can’t stay on the field.

    I realize he’s a catcher, but he’s never topped 100 RBIs in a season or hit more than 28 HRs in a season, yet he’s paid up there with some of the most productive players in baseball. He hit .365 one year and gets $184 million.

    Statistics show that players kill in when they’re in a contract year and then taper off dramatically after they sign a monster deal. All except Kershaw.

  7. joeyashwi - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    The Pohlads got their stadium and all the Twins fans have to show for it is an overpaid Mauer and a bush league roster. Pathetic!!!!

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