Joe Mauer has the second-worst contract in baseball, says Yahoo!

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As good as Mauer is, his contract is even worse, Yahoo! writes.
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Joe Mauer remains an undeniably productive player, ranking second in the American League in on-base percentage this season while staying more-or-less healthy. On Saturday, he provided one of the most dramatic hits in recent Twins history -- a two-out, two-strike three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning that lifted the Twins to a 6-4 victory in Boston.

But is he $23 million-per-season productive? According to Yahoo's Steve Henson, the answer to that question is a resounding no.

In a new analysis piece, Henson ranks Mauer's contract as the second-worst in all of baseball, only ahead of the Angels' Vernon Wells, who hasn't gotten a base hit since May while raking in $21 million this season.

Henson writes:
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Everybody rejoiced when the parsimonious Twins sprung for an eight-year, $184 million deal for hometown favorite Mauer before the 2011 season. Wonderful has already been whittled to what-in-the-world? He plays catcher only half the time and doesn't hit with power. He'll remain a .320 hitter for a few years, but that's not enough for $23 million a year, more than 20 percent of the Twins' payroll.
What was great timing for Mauer turned out to be bad timing for the Twins franchise -- after blasting 28 homers and winning AL MVP honors in 2009, Joe's value was at an all-time high when the Twins inked him to his huge contract extension. Unfortunately, what at the time was seen as Mauer developing a power stroke and taking his game to the next level now seems to be a one-year anomaly, as in the three seasons following his MVP campaign Joe has hit just 19 homers combined.
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16 comments
Branden Strot
Branden Strot

this isnt news. he should be getting paid more in the 15 million a year range. mauer duped them when he hit 30 home runs... once...

Pinko Thinker
Pinko Thinker

how bout a 90% tax rate for anything over 2 million/year? That oughta clear this all up.

Dee Finkelson
Dee Finkelson

over paid yes. Imagine 23M/yr for building jobs for the state

Ryan Schmidt
Ryan Schmidt

Baseball is entertainment people, and we willing go to baseball, basketball, football, etc games. Entertainment can determine their prices and we choose to pay them. The statement isn't about the generally of "is all athletes overpaid" blah, blah, blah.. Its about in comparison to other players in baseball. And Mauer is overpaid compared to other players that are "Superstars," because in production on the field, Mauer is not a superstar. Off the field, obvious superstar with how much this state loves him..

Jean Claude Cau
Jean Claude Cau

If NBC's Matt Lauer is worth $30 million a year, then Mauer is too.

Jeff Robertson
Jeff Robertson

Not playing baseball. Maybe if he sold 40 million in car sales for his family.

Ryan Schmidt
Ryan Schmidt

John you assume other teams were really after @ that value. You will never know because Joe never became a free agent and the only team bidding for him were the Twins.

John Taylor
John Taylor

Well here's the thing, in terms of inherent value, no. But the maxim goes, "everything is worth what it's purchaser will pay for it." The Twins wanted Joe Mauer's services, as did other teams. The only way to get the services was to outbid what the other teams were willing to pay. The bidding did not occur in a vacuum. It wasn't as though the Twins could have negotiated a better deal and still retained the services. Therefore, answer is: yes.

Bee Heintz
Bee Heintz

He is the best player at his position in the game. It's unrealistic. No player is worth that much. Go Twins

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