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Sources: Mauer, Twins Agree To 10-Year ContractMINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) ― Sources tell WCCO-TV's Mark Rosen that American League MVP Joe Mauer has come to a preliminary agreement with the Minnesota Twins for a 10-year contract extension.Mauer, 26, and the Twins had been pretty quiet about contract negotiations, while fans were eager to find out if their hometown hero would be staying put at last weekend's annual fan festival.This is Mauer's final year of his current contract and manager Ron Gardenhire said Friday he was confident that both sides would come together and strike a deal. Mauer's current salary this season is $12.5 million. Contract details about his new salary were not immediately released. Mauer became only the second catcher in 33 years to win the coveted AL MVP award, finishing first in an almost unanimous vote in November. Mauer set a major league record for highest batting average by a catcher and won his third batting title, becoming the first repeat batting champion since Nomar Garciaparra in 1999-00.He's been voted to the All-Star team three times and won his second straight AL Gold Glove award. Mauer was born in St. Paul and would've been a free agent after the 2010 season. Rosen will have all the latest details on WCCO 4 News at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Awesome. He's not a Yankee!
Interesting to see if there's deferred compensation or if the contract is backloaded, and if he earns his keep throughout the 10 years.
Hmmm. Still no contract, and spring training has begun. I bet this doesn't happen.
Best interests of baseball would have this deal done.
Deal done for Mauer: 8 years/$144 millionE-mail|Link|Comments (9) Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff March 21, 2010 05:43 PMNew deal starts next season and includes a full no-trade clause. Good deal for him and the team, especially if he's still catching by the end of the contract.The deal will be announced at 7 p.m.
but for that kind of money, all on a catcher...
Yeah, those catchers are a dime a dozen.
Phew. Baseball is saved...for right now.
Yep. Good for Mauer, good for the Twins, good for baseball.
Why wouldn't it be good for the Twins?
the yankees can afford to whiff on a contract like that (Jason Giambi for instance or Carl Pavano), look at how long it took the Rockies to come back from botched contracts (mostly Mike Hampton, but others as well). As long as he's produdcive its fine, but if his knees or back force him to DH (Morneau is blocking first), you have a DH who is one of the highest paid players in the game. If his back gets to the point the it effects the bat, or if he is out for portions of seasons, you have a large chucnk of team salary that is not producing.
Can't all of these arguments be used against any long term deal? Frankly I think it's better than the Holiday deal.
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