Twins Hit Home Run

Twins Hit Home Run

The Minnesota Twins signed Joe Mauer to an eight year, $184 million extension with a full no trade clause.  It must have been easy to decide to lock up Mauer for the long term as he’s the reigning AL MVP and just under 27 years old.  I think the length is fair for both sides but better for the Twins.  They make the obvious gesture of commitment with an eight year deal and tons of money and it expires just before his 35th birthday.  The Twins lock up the prime years of his career and the contract expires when most players would/will seriously decline due to age especially without steroids.

Buster Olney compares his 8 yr., $184 million contract to that of Arod’s 10 yr., $275 million contract and Jeter’s 10 yr., $189 million deal.  I think the Twins are not only getting a good deal for Mauer’s production but they’ll receive numerous other benefits on and off the field.  The hometown aspect should not be discounted as I’m sure that Mauer will single highhandedly increase ticket and merchandise sales.  He also has the ability to be a captain and carry a team deep into the playoffs.  The Twins are hoping for “Jeter” and not “Arod”.

Like the Twins I’m “buying” Joe Mauer.  In deep leagues I could easily justify spending mid $40s especially if you have the right renewals.  Considering Mauer is the 17th overall player and the next catchers are Victor Martinez at 69, McCann at 81 and Posada at 128 the difference between a second tier catcher and a second tier player from other positions is so great that your remaining money will go further filling other positions.  A lot of owners don’t believe in spending on catchers in two catcher leagues (I agree to some extent and always dedicate one of my farm spots to a catcher) but I understand spending money on one catcher to bank at least some production out of a tough fantasy position to fill.

One of the coolest baseball youtubes I’ve seen is Joe Mauer stealing signs from the Tigers while on second.  If I remember correctly this happened at the end of the season when the division was on the line.  I think it also led to a retaliatory beaning and bench clearing later in the week.  Joe Mauer is the man and the Twins made a hell of a move making him the face of their franchise.