March 21, 2010

Breaking News: Mauer Agrees To Eight-Year Deal

An official announcement is expected tonight, but various sources report that Joe Mauer and the Twins have agreed to an eight-year, $184 million contract extension that includes a full no-trade clause. The deal will keep Mauer in Minnesota through 2018 and pays $23 million per season while being nearly identical to the eight-year, $180 million pact Mark Teixeira signed with the Yankees last offseason.

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  • (JB) the original

    woohoooo!

  • Mark R (Columbus)

    Awesome!

  • Ben

    Albatross.

  • Bryan Janke

    Yes!
    Now we don’t have to listen to the ESPN talking heads prattle about any possible Mauer-NYY/BO-SOX flirtations.

    Play ball!

    After losing countless superstars over the years – this was necessary.

  • D-Luxxx

    Yesssss!

  • jake miller

    Great news to here. Glad we finally locked him down.

  • Parker

    It’s a heck of a lot for one guy, especially a catcher who has the occasional injury issues.

    That said, I still think this needed to happen. Mauer is a unique case.

  • scott

    for a little more than the tex deal, ill take that anyday. remember, mauer is a good athlete still, and could wind up switching positions if these back problems persist. that said, the time is now to win it all

  • Chris Wexler

    I can’t believe I’m typing this, but doesn’t a Teixeria type deal seems like somewhat of a deal? Mauer plays a much more talent starved position, is arguably a better hitter and will impact the game in a much more fundamental way on the defensive side of the game (calling games and with the glove…

  • Scott

    Great news. Now I hope we have good insurance too.

    Baseball still needs a salary cap.

  • Gus

    I’ve been waiting for this day, but now I have buyer’s remorse. I hope he continues to be worth it (as much as any ballplayer can).

  • Dan

    In the words of the immortal Ozzie Guillen, “YESSSSSSSSSSSSASA!!”.

  • Mark

    So the Twins seem to have a surplus at the catcher position now. Should they consider trading either Moralles or Ramos for a closer type or infield help? How about Moralles and Perkins to the Padres for their closer? If Ramos continues to develop, should the Twins consider moving him or Mauer to third base? Such a dilema!