The Minnesota Twins just recently re-signed Joe Mauer to an eight-year $184 million deal, marking the All-Star catcher as one of the highest paid players in baseball. The new contract can only compare to the likes of Alex Rodriguez ($275 million 10-years) and Derek Jeter ($189 million 10-years).
Mauer, a Saint Paul, MN native should be able to remain a Twin for the rest of his career. The six-year veteran has earned a career average of .327 with 72 home runs and 397 RBI’s. He’s already won three batting titles and two Gold Glove Awards, resulting in most analysts to rank him as the best player in the league.
The 2009 Twins finished the regular season in a tie with the Detroit Tigers, which led to a one-game playoff to determine the Division winners. After claiming victory in a hard fought 12-inning battle, Minnesota ended their season three games later in the ALDS against the current world champion New York Yankees. In light of their efforts, Mauer became the second catcher in 33 years to capture the AL MVP Award.