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"


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switchhitingjesus
5 years 3 months ago

This would be great for baseball all around.

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Guest
5 years 3 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.

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Ferrariman
5 years 3 months ago

9/200

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Guest
5 years 3 months ago

Nope. Another disagreement. 8/170.

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Ferrariman
5 years 3 months ago

less than teixeria? i doubt it.

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Guest
5 years 3 months ago

Remember that home town discount.

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Ferrariman
5 years 3 months ago

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

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Guest
5 years 3 months ago

Well whatever it is it will be around that.

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jwsox
5 years 3 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

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infamouso
5 years 3 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.

Guest
5 years 3 months ago

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

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infamouso
5 years 3 months ago

You might be on to something.

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sonofkenny
5 years 3 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.

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LowcountryJoe
5 years 3 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.

Guest
5 years 3 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.

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alphabet_soup5
5 years 3 months ago

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

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twins33
5 years 3 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.

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bjsguess
5 years 3 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.

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sonofkenny
5 years 3 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.

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BentoBox
5 years 3 months ago

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

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sonofkenny
5 years 3 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…

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ReverendBlack
5 years 3 months ago

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

lol

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sonofkenny
5 years 3 months ago

Not to mention a .280 to .300 lifetime BA

Guest
5 years 3 months ago

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

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alphabet_soup5
5 years 3 months ago

Morneau is no hall of famer

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sonofkenny
5 years 3 months ago

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

Guest
5 years 3 months ago

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

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twins33
5 years 3 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.

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Mario Saavedra
5 years 3 months ago

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

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Guest
5 years 3 months ago

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

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Ferrariman
5 years 3 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.

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Guest
5 years 3 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?

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CrisE
5 years 3 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.

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crunchy1
5 years 3 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.

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CrisE
5 years 3 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.