Joe Mauer Extension Reactions

Joe Mauer's eight-year, $184MM extension with the Twins will be officially announced later today.  Reactions from around the web:

  • Aaron Gleeman says "the decision was a no-brainer for the Twins despite the incredible amount of risk involved."  Gleeman notes that a payroll in the $100MM range will still leave the Twins with "more money to spend than they had in any previous season" despite Mauer's percentage.
  • Joel Sherman of the New York Post suggests Twins catching prospect Wilson Ramos could "enable the Twins to better preserve Mauer."  Or maybe Ramos becomes one of the game's better trade chips?
  • How much did Mauer leave on the table?  ESPN's Jayson Stark believes he could've gotten $30MM per year and more than eight years on the open market.  Stark's colleague Buster Olney says Mauer "might've walked away from the promise of another $60 million to $70 million in free agency."
  • ESPN's Rob Neyer discusses the opportunity costs of being locked into a Mauer megadeal, as well as the short-term credibility cost of not signing him.
  • Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez told WEEI's Alex Speier that Mauer "deserves every penny he got."  Regarding his own extension, Martinez is leaving the ball in Boston's court and hasn't heard anything thus far.

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