Twins, Mauer Agree To Eight-Year $184MM Deal

Joe Mauer isn't going anywhere. After months of anticipation, the Twins reached an agreement with Mauer on an eight-year, $184MM extension today. The contract will keep the soon-to-be 27-year-old in Minnesota from 2011 to 2018.

The agreement was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter) and the Twins disclosed the contract's terms, including its full no-trade clause, via press release. Rosenthal (via Twitter) and ESPN.com's Buster Olney suggested earlier in the day that the sides were nearing a deal.

The deal, which covers Mauer's first eight free agent seasons, averages out to $23MM per year. That's the fourth largest deal in MLB history, topped only by Alex Rodriguez's $275MM contract with the Yankees, Rodriguez's $252MM contract with Texas, and Derek Jeter's $189MM deal.

The Minnesota native outdid himself in 2009, posting .365/.444/.587 with 28 homers in 606 plate appearances en route to his third batting title in four seasons and the AL MVP Award. The Twins and Mauer will make it all official at a press conference tomorrow evening.

It's the news many Twins fans have been waiting for all offseason, but it comes on the same day that Joe Nathan decided to undergo Tommy John surgery. The closer will miss the season, but Twins fans have one less player to worry about, now that the Yankees and Red Sox are not going to have the chance to bid on their star catcher.


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242 Comments on "Twins, Mauer Agree To Eight-Year $184MM Deal"


switchhitingjesus
5 years 5 months ago

This would be great for baseball all around.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

Absolutley. Joe Mauer staying with the Twins is as good as Cal Ripken Jr. Staying with the Orioles or Tony Gwynn staying with the Padres.

Ferrariman
5 years 5 months ago

9/200

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

Nope. Another disagreement. 8/170.

Ferrariman
5 years 5 months ago

less than teixeria? i doubt it.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

Remember that home town discount.

Ferrariman
5 years 5 months ago

a hometown discount would still be more than what tex got.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

Well whatever it is it will be around that.

jwsox
5 years 5 months ago

give the guy ten years with some defered money so that way if he decides to retire after the ten years he still gets paid and that does not suck up too much current pay roll for the team….but i agree this is good for baseball, i would have loved for him to go to the yankees or some where in the NL so the twins can stop being the “favorite” in the central but still good for the guy, team, state, and baseball

infamouso
5 years 5 months ago

I’m a hard to the core Yankees fan, but I’m glad that Mauer is staying put with the Twinkies. Now we can focus on signing Carl Crawford and maybe Cliff Lee next off season. I’d much rather them than Joe. I skipped on buying MLB 10 this year cause I figured the Yankees lineup will be that much more awesome next year along with the rotation.

5 years 5 months ago

wow of that comment alone i now know your a d bag

infamouso
5 years 5 months ago

You might be on to something.

sonofkenny
5 years 5 months ago

Mauer is worth 2 or 3 times he is being paid in revenue for the Twins. His popularity not only fills the stands but has risen the Twins profile nationally to where they are a team people around the country want to see play. This is going translate into more nationally televised games etc. Mauer is the golden goose the Twins have been waiting for, someone who can raise them from a kind of quirky small market team people admire because they are well run and always seem to complete no matter how small their payroll, to one with real national stature.

LowcountryJoe
5 years 5 months ago

Can you prove that? And even if you could, there’s risk that he won’t be able to maintain the level of playing productivity for all eight years. Players will never be entitled to reap all supposed revenue that they generate. It is a team product and the team takes a huge risk in investing in a player’s future performance. Think Kevin Brown, Barry Zito, Albert Bell, Vernon Wells, etc.

5 years 5 months ago

While Mauer is definitely not worth 2 or 3 times 184M, he’s definitely a solid value at that price point still. The comparisons made here are not very good ones. Brown and Zito are pitchers, who have much more volatility. And Zito’s contract would be fine, if he was actually the starter SF thought he was (which to anyone with a knowledge of peripheral stats, he clearly wasn’t, but that’s them being dumb).

Bell and Wells are also not very good comparisons either. Even if Wells repeated his best season every year, he would have had trouble earning his salary. And Bell was a totally different kind of player, with skills that I think age less gracefully. Mauer is a solid defensive catcher that hits for AVG, OBP, and power. The guy is almost bound to have some value unless he gets really injured, either offensively or defensively or both.

I’m not sure if Mauer’s contract will work out over the course of seasons, but he provides so much skill at one position where hitting is so scarce that he could push them an extra level up in the playoffs on a season or two. And I think that would make up the difference for his later years when he loses value by moving to another position or loses some pop.

alphabet_soup5
5 years 5 months ago

Mauer will never hit over 20 HR’s in his career ever again. Metrodome helped him.

twins33
5 years 5 months ago

I’m late to the party, but how did it help him? He only hit four more HR’s in the Dome than away last year. His career HR’s are evenly split, 36 home and 36 away. The new ballpark’s dimensions are nearly the same and in some points a little closer. I think he’s hit about 40% of his career HR’s to the opposite field (LF). Most guys who hit HR’s seem to be heavy pull hitters. Not Mauer, which makes it even harder for him to do so. LF is going to be four feet shorter in the new ballpark. Some of Mauer’s shots barely made it over the LF wall. Plus, he also took a lot of balls to the LF warning track. With the new ballpark dimensions, he would have hit over 30 last year easily. Half of his HR’s last year went over 400 feet, two others were close to it. I wouldn’t call that mostly luck or help from the stadium he played in.

In Mauer’s career overall, he generally hits better outside of the Dome. In most cases it’s only slightly better, but still better. I can see him hitting low 20’s again. I don’t see him getting 28 again, but that would be freaking awesome.

bjsguess
5 years 5 months ago

I’m not sure how you can claim that Mauer is “fill(ing) the stands”. Attendance by year:

2001 – 1.78m
2002 – 1.90m
2003 – 1.95m
2004 – 1.91m (Mauer rookie season)
2005 – 2.03m
2006 – 2.28m
2007 – 2.29m
2008 – 2.30m
2009 – 2.41m

So, since 2004 the Twins have increased attendance by 500k. That’s a solid but unspectacular growth rate (similar to the overall growth rate of MLB). Having a guy like Mauer doesn’t hurt attendance but this notion that he alone is responsible for generating $60m+ in revenue for the Twins seems a little far fetched.

I’m happy for the Twins and happy for Mauer. Enjoy the day. That said, if I’m a betting man I’d put money that in retrospect this will not be a great deal. Mauer plays the most demanding position in baseball. Even in his youth, he hasn’t managed to avoid the injury bug (has never reached 550 PA’s). Assuming that 2009 was an aberration – moving him off catcher to DH or 1B cuts deeply into his value where he is basically a career 850 OPS type hitter.

sonofkenny
5 years 5 months ago

You’re saying a 26% increase in attendance is unspectacular? Not saying it is all due to Mauer…putting a winner on the field is a big deal of course…and lets not forget the other future hall of famer on the team – Justin Morneau. But my hunch is the Twins have not reached anywhere near t he revenue potential they can eventually get to. And Joe Mauer is the lynchpin of those plans!

Joe Mauer is a once in a generation player, and with him being a hometown hero staying with his hometown team it gets even better from here.

BentoBox
5 years 5 months ago

Justin Morneau is a pretty good player. All Star caliber ? Yes. HOF worthy ? No, just just no.

sonofkenny
5 years 5 months ago

If Morneau maintains the average of his RBI. HR, and hit totals for 10 more years he would have a 450 hr, 2400 hit, 1700 rbi career…more than enough for the Hall. He plays longer than that he hits 500 homers…

ReverendBlack
5 years 5 months ago

“If Morneau maintains the average of his RBI, HR, and hit totals for 10 more years”

lol

sonofkenny
5 years 5 months ago

Not to mention a .280 to .300 lifetime BA

5 years 5 months ago

He’s more than pretty good. He is an all-star & MVP player.

alphabet_soup5
5 years 5 months ago

Morneau is no hall of famer

sonofkenny
5 years 5 months ago

He maintains the level of production he has achieved since 2005 he most certainly will be…

5 years 5 months ago

How can you tell? His career isn’t even half over. Why don’t you wait until he retires to judge him.

twins33
5 years 5 months ago

I don’t get the injury thing. I mean, I get it, but I remember reading not too long ago (last year or the year before) that even with injuries, Mauer was in the top five (minimum) for games played by a catcher since he made it to the bigs. Now, I’m not entirely positive if that includes the 2004 season though so maybe not since he made it, but close. So either 2004 to present or 2005 to present, he’s top five in games for a catcher, or was.

How would that be possible if he’s always out of the lineup/injured (not reaching 550 PA’s)? Unless I’m completely missing something (entirely possible), Mauer has reached over 600 PA’s for the last two years. He also did it in 2006, and was over 550 in 2005. Since 2005, about 25 catchers total have reached over 550 PA’s. Many are repeats, including Mauer four times. All the other catchers in the league must be out a lot too, injuries or not. Most guys get injured, especially playing the most demanding position. But Mauer appears to be quite high up there in terms of playing time even with the injuries.

I think a lot of fans, even Twins fans, take Mauer for granted. I know before last year, a lot of people said Mauer was overrated because he didn’t hit for power. The way I look at it is that we have a catcher who offensively is performing way above what most catchers do. Catchers aren’t supposed to hit like Mauer does, it’s not common at all. Some guys are more offensively gifted, but not a lot of guys are Mauer’s level at catcher. And fans wanted more. No matter what Mauer did, it was never good enough. Combine Mauer’s offense, defense and game calling and you have a very, very special player. A special catcher, maybe a once in a lifetime type of player.

It’s really still too early to tell, but I just don’t think fans in general understand what Mauer has done since he came up. And I’m not a fan with Twins/Mauer goggles on, I’m just being honest. What we’re watching here with Pujols and Mauer, it’s something special. Most people believe it’s not enough, they demand more and that’s just nuts.

Mario Saavedra
5 years 5 months ago

“The Minnesota native outdid himself in 2009, posting .365/.444/.587 with 28 homers in 606 plate appearances.”

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

I wonder if an agreement with Joe Mauer will lead to a Wilson Ramos-Heath Bell trade.

Ferrariman
5 years 5 months ago

take it for what you want, but i was watching sportscenter earlier today and they had buster olney on who “spoke with a high ranking twins official” who said they are gonna go inhouse atleast till midseason and if they need to make a trade then, then they will.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

Well whenever the Twins realize that they need a closer, Heath Bell no doubt about it.

I spoke to Frank Viola today at this convention in NY and he thinks that the Twins will make a trade soon. I heard it from the horses mouth didn’t I?

CrisE
5 years 5 months ago

Buster has some work to do before I listen his word over the local guys. And right now they’re tending to sound more like a move outside the organization is coming. I think the bullpen is set up just how they want it, and shuffling everyone over a spot, even if things went as well as could be hoped, would entail getting everyone into new roles. That bullpen has been a real source of strength during this run of success and I imagine they’d want to keep it steady as much as possible. That’s kind of their M.O. in most respects.

crunchy1
5 years 5 months ago

I was thinking the same thing. Securing Mauer for the next decade gives them the flexibility to use Ramos to fill other needs. Closer would seem to be one of those needs. It seems to me the Padres and Twins match up pretty well on a deal.

CrisE
5 years 5 months ago

I think they like Ramos too much for that and would rather trade a good OF that’s going to get scrunched in three years than a catcher who only might get scrunched in three years. Angel Morales or Ben Revere sound far more likely than Ramos to me.

jwsox
5 years 5 months ago

my question is this with mauer potentially being locked up for a number of years and i would assume they would extende morneau as well when his deal runs out where do they both play? Mauer will be the first basemen for the twins in coming years to keep him healthy and his bat strong ….kubal isnt that good of an out fielder but his bat is awesome so you dont take him out of the DH stop that leave justin without a place to play POTENTIALLY…a 35+hr left handed solid feilding 1st basemen unless they can move someone else on the team or get kubal to play OF full time

Ferrariman
5 years 5 months ago

morneau signed a 6year extension last year. he’s already locked up. and he’s a firstbaseman who i think is about 27(or28), i think he can stick to 1b until he is around 35 or 36, conveniently, when his deal runs out.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

When he is 35 or 36 they could still re-sign him.

The great thing about the potential Mauer extension is that the Twins are really leaving the name “small market team”. They are really starting to enter the Red Sox and Yankees stages in terms of payroll.

danks50
5 years 5 months ago

“They are really starting to enter the Red Sox and Yankees stages in terms of payroll.”

What? The Twins have around $95 million commited in 2010. The Red Sox and Yankees on the other end have $165 & 212 million on the books for 2010. 2010 isn’t even comparable and the numbers over the next few years won’t be that close either. The Red Sox and the Yankees are in a payroll league of their own and even a new stadium won’t get them around those figures.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

The Red Sox have 122.

danks50
5 years 5 months ago

Umm yea in 2009. Signing John Lackey, Adrian Beltre & Mike Cameron along with arb raises etc have lifted that number by around $40 million.

spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=tz8qHiYrIzlFtVnly7gibjw&output=html

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

No it is now 122.

danks50
5 years 5 months ago

Your wrong, unglue yourself from this website for 30 seconds and open the link. It’s from Cot’s Contracts and I have my doubts that they’re off by around $40 million because some kid that feels he needs to comment on every other post says so.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

“because some kid that feels he needs to comment on every other post says so.”

First of all, I’m pretty sure the comment section is for commenting. Right? Second of all, I don’t think it’s your place to put people down. So if you disagree and feel the need to belittle people, keep it to yourself buddy. Thanks.

danks50
5 years 5 months ago

I didn’t mean to come across as an ass I just don’t see the need for an argument when the info is provided and the facts are right there for you to see.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

I understand man. It’s cool. I just think that for what it’s worth, putting the Sox and Yanks aside, we are looking at a team that is increasing payroll drastically. Wouldn’t be surprised to see that Twins-Red Sox payroll differential trimmer as the season progresses. Plus, we can’t expect Papi and Lowell to be back in ’11. We can however expect the Twins payroll to increase 25MM dollars or so by then. I’m just saying.

So I was led to the wrong information at first. Okay. I don’t want to criticize or get criticized here so you know, it’s cool man.

5 years 5 months ago

come on Span, don’t thank him at the end of paragraph…

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

it’s alright man.

Ferrariman
5 years 5 months ago

actually, he’s right. remember towards the “midway” point of the offseason, they red sox were debating whether to bring in another bat or bring back bay but were afraid salary would exceed the luxury tax which is 170mil.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

But ESPN just made their thing.

Plus, no need to be rude on this site Danks50.

Isn’t the comment section for commenting?

5 years 5 months ago

Then ESPN clearly is bad at math. The Red Sox didn’t take that much off the books and they added significantly to the books. While I still resent the whole “Red Sox and Yankees are in a league of their own” comments, they have a high payroll this year. With that said, the Yankees are totally in a league of their own and it’s just silly to lump the Red Sox in with that. The Yankees are on average a 40-50 million step up over the Red Sox in payroll. It’s not even close. The Red Sox are a small step up from the kind of payroll bracket the Cubs and Mets live in. They just happen to have been better at it, and for some reason now they are magically in a higher payroll level in people’s minds because they won a couple world series.

alphabet_soup5
5 years 5 months ago

Nobody really spends as much as those two, but the Twins aren’t a tiny-market team like the Pirates or Marlins anymore.

sacu
5 years 5 months ago

Why is it that they are no longer a tiny-market team? Don’t they still play in Minneapolis? Shouldn’t we say, they aren’t a tiny-spending team like the Pirates and Marlins anymore?

Not trying to put anyone down, just wondering why when a baseball team gets a new stadium they are no longer small market even though they are playing across the street or across town. It’s the same market, they just are no longer small spending. Am I mistaken?

twins33
5 years 5 months ago

I don’t think the Twins were ever small market literally. I think they have always been a mid-market team but spent like a small market team. Carl Pohlad took a lot of the money and pocketed it. Plus, the Dome was bad for revenue. Most of the concessions and suites went to the Vikings (NFL) even if they were bought/used for a Twins game.

5 years 5 months ago

More like entering the Astros payroll neighborhood… At an point in time BOS can throw another 50m in the oven and so can the Yanks.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

Mauer only catches 100-110 games as it is. It’s not like “in the coming years” he needs to move to 1B. He DH’s every now and then and will continue to do so this season.

ReverendBlack
5 years 5 months ago

And that is why this contract will be bad.

5 years 5 months ago

No it isn’t.

crunchy1
5 years 5 months ago

I think it’s certainly possible Mauer doesn’t finish the contract as a catcher. He certainly has the most value there and I’m sure the Twins would like to keep him there long term, but I can see an argument for keeping him healthy by moving him to a less physically demanding position. However, he’s a very athletic guy. I don’t think he’d be restricted to 1b if he needed to switch positions.

NYBravosFan10
5 years 5 months ago

good news for the Twins in this tough time

0vercast
5 years 5 months ago

This signing will soften the blow of losing the very popular Joe Nathan.

EvilEmpireMember
5 years 5 months ago

Great news for the baseball world if they can get it done. Mauer belongs in Minnesota.

uncreativename
5 years 5 months ago

They probably have to do this but it will handcuff them.

Ferrariman
5 years 5 months ago

it will? how please elaborate.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

Ferrariman you were right about the Tex money being less but I was closer!

deadsy
5 years 5 months ago

Great news…the wealthiest owners in baseball (according to Forbes) are actually willing to spend some $$$ on their premium players….

AnnvilleHammer
5 years 5 months ago

I loved the idea of seeing him as a Yankee one day, but for the greater good this is the best thing that can happen for baseball.

Dick Armada
5 years 5 months ago

8 years $184 million

djlee1999
5 years 5 months ago

OFFICIAL from MLB.com’s Kelly Thesier Twins Mauer agree to 8 year $187MM deal!

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

184.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

Yes! This is great news for the game of Baseball!!

It also includes a no-trade clause so thats good as well.

Ron Shapiro is the best agent there is!

Joe Mauer is staying with the Twins! Yes!

ReverendBlack
5 years 5 months ago

By what measure is Shapiro is the best agent there is?

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

Because Kirby Puckett, Cal Ripken Jr., and Possibly Joe Mauer will all remain with their team for life.

ReverendBlack
5 years 5 months ago

If we kept stats for commenters on this forum, you might lead the league in non sequiturs per thread (NSP).

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

What does NSP mean?

BentoBox
5 years 5 months ago

link to en.wikipedia.org

Oh and Boras is still the best agent.

TheSkip
5 years 5 months ago

Is it me, or does this show major confidence in the revenue generating ability of Target Field? This is about a quarter of their budget on one player. They’re gonna have to keep surrounding Mauer with talent to win consistently. That might make the payroll rise even higher than the expected 100 MM, right?

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

The Twins are certainly in a great state right now. They lost a player today but kept one for certain for 8 years. If you are a Baseball fan such as myself you have to love a deal like this.

TheSkip
5 years 5 months ago

I absolutely do. I’m just so interested because this changes the economic landscape of the league significantly. Above all, congrats Minnesota.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

Yeah you bet. They really are just moving forward. Everything in the Twins future looks really bright now (except the Joe Nathan situation).

They got this out of the way and now they can trade Wilson Ramos for Heath Bell.

This also puts the Twins in an elite level with the Red Sox and Yankees for example in terms of spending this much on a franchise player (which is certainly not a bad thing). They have just done a spectacular job this past off-season and now they are in a great situation for not only the future but for this season as well. Denard got locked up, Blackburn, and Joe Mauer. If you are a Twins fan you have to be dancing in the streets right now!

Rezonator
5 years 5 months ago

Just because he signed an 8 year deal, doesn’t mean they pay it all at once. He was going to make the same amount of money this year contract or not. So, no…the payroll does not increase this year.

TheSkip
5 years 5 months ago

I’m sorry if I wasn’t clear. I was speaking to the long-term ramifications, and the fact that the Twins have been continually raising their payroll over the past few years. A lot of the differential will have to be made up if they want to be challengers and not just Joe Mauer and 24 other guys.

twins33
5 years 5 months ago

They’ll have about 30 million coming off the books after this year. They’ll have to fill the few holes that pop up, the biggest being 2B and SP. Beyond that, I’m not sure.

Rich_in_NJ
5 years 5 months ago

Paradoxically, I think the problems in the overall economy were a positive factor in getting this deal done.

ReverendBlack
5 years 5 months ago

No doubt about it.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

Ken Rosenthal reported the deal though I think.

fitz
5 years 5 months ago

Awesome, good for the Twins and Mauer!

Ferrariman
5 years 5 months ago

suck on that yankee bandwagon fans! no disrespect to legit yankee fans.

jmarino
5 years 5 months ago

I’m a Yankees fan, and I can’t even stand the stupidity bandwagon fans spew out of their mouths. They make every other Yankee fan look bad.

TheSkip
5 years 5 months ago

I’m a Sox fan. Thank you for confirming your species existence, I’ve heard rumors of intelligent Yankees fans for years.