On Sunday, catcher Joe Mauer has agreed to sign in the eight-year, $184 million contract extension with the Minnesota Twins. The contract included full no-trade clause and retained Mauer’s rights through the 2018 season. The Twins is going to hold a news conference at its spring training complex in Fort Myers, Fla. The baseball team is now spending $195 million in the construction of open-air ballpark Target Field which will be in use in Minneapolis next month.
The contract was signed on the day the Yankees received the news about closer Joe Nathan. Accordingly, Nathan will not play in this season as he was experiencing a reconstructive elbow surgery on Sunday after playing catch for 10 minutes.
Born in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1983, Joe Mauer will be 27 next month and turn 35 when the contract ends in 2018. The eight-year extension contract exceeded catcher Jorge Posada’s record salary and was just lower that deals of Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter.
Jorge Posada who has been playing for the New York Yankees as a catcher since 1995 is the highest –paid catcher in Major League baseball. At the Yankees, Posada’s annual salary was about $13.1 million. Meanwhile, Alex Rodriguez who is now playing third base for the Yankees signs a $275 million contract with the team and Derek Jeter’s deal values $189 million.
In terms of annual salary in history, Mauer’s $23 million was lower than Rodriguez’s and Roger Clemens who signed a $28 million agreement with Yankees.
The $184 million extension contract with Joe Mauer is a special case with the Twins as the team was not been known for spending aggressively. In recent years, the Twins were not able to resign ace starter Johan Santana and the star center fielder Torii Hunter but to lose them.
According to some experts, Mauer is the best catcher in baseball and is one of the best swings in baseball. In 2009 season, Mauer was the most valuable player who won third battling title by hitting .365.
Mauer w on Gold Glove twice in 2008 and 2009 and won Silver Slugger Award three times in 2006, 2008 and 2009.