Twins pony up the dough
The Minnesota Twins went against what team history suggests they do and came up with a eight year 184 million dollar extension for superstar catcher Joe Mauer.
The contract worth around 23 million a year is along the same lines as the 10 year 189 million dollar contract that Derek Jeter will be completing in the fall. The contract contains a full no trade clause. ESPN.com makes a good point in their article about the contract when they wonder if the Twins will have a difficult time making other moves having so much of their chips in one pot. They go on to make the comparison of the Rockies having their hands tied having so much of their payroll invested in Todd Helton.
For a lot of teams this would be a bad investment, for the Twins a team that remains competitive in the American League Central every year I think It was a move they had to make. Joe Mauer is not only the face of the Twins he is a hero in the state of Minnesota a household name if you will. The revenue that Mauer will bring in bobble heads alone will be worth the deal. Seriously though he is the best player in baseball today. At 27 years old he has 3 batting titles, 3 silver sluggers, 3 all star appearances , two gold gloves and an MVP. There isn’t much room for argument that the Twins will reap the benefits of this deal for the nest eight years and as for Joe he didn’t leave any money on the table and has an opportunity to spend the rest of his playing days as a Twin and perhaps one day lead them to a world championship.