For the Minnesota Twins to keep Joe M...

For the Minnesota Twins to keep Joe Mauer, he'll have to accept...

There are 36 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Feb 3, 2010, titled For the Minnesota Twins to keep Joe Mauer, he'll have to accept.... In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

A hometown hero with unlimited earning potential. A small-market team trying to sign him to a long-term deal.

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Tate

Chanhassen, MN

#1 Feb 3, 2010
Just get it done!!!!
Karl

El Cajon, CA

#2 Feb 3, 2010
How greedy are these people. Scrutinize a player for staying where he wants to play. Indeed it only shows you that the union really only cares about the money and could care less about the game as long as they are getting paid!
jbird

Grand Forks, ND

#3 Feb 3, 2010
There isnt a person on earth worth more than a million a year... just saying. But I do not have millions of people that want me to do my job or pay big dollars to watch me do my job.
brachiosaurus

Attleboro, MA

#4 Feb 3, 2010
Mauer, in comparison to the status quo for baseball salaries, is worth the big check. First, he's a great ballplayer at a tough position. He can help the team win. Second, he's a Minnesota product playing for the Twins. The worry is that the Twins organization will use Mauer's salary as an excuse not to invest in the players the team needs to win a World Series. The team looks darn good right now, even with light hitters at 3rd and 2nd as long as those players can field. The Twins, however, still don't have an ace to lead the starting rotation, and it's hard to predict how well Pavano, Baker, and Slowey will pitch. All three have been injured during their careers and/or have experienced streaks of inconsistency.
twell

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Feb 3, 2010
Mauer is a good player. I guess you can argue he's in the "elite" group. But he has not proven, nor has Morneau, that they are "Gamers". That is....can they lead a team, light the fire under others when need be...such as in the playoffs. When I speak of "Gamers"....I'm thinking about guys like....Gaetti, Puckett, Gladden, Hrbek...they were big time when you needed them in the playoffs. We haven't seen that from either of these two...as good as both of them are. They both carry very mellow, even kiel personalities.
Nora

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Feb 3, 2010
I hate the meddling players union. Players makling millions of dollars don't need a meddling union.
Nora

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Feb 3, 2010
Didn't re4alize if you don't have a a Torii Hunter personality then you are not a leader or a gamer. Guess in the NBA Tim Duncan is not a leader either. BS
mattfin

Prague, Czech Republic

#8 Feb 3, 2010
It rankles me that people accept the Twins' company line that their payroll is limited because they are a "small-market" team. Minneapolis-St. Paul is the 15th largest market in the US, which means it is in the upper half of the league. It is larger than many markets, and not that much smaller than the likes of Boston. Plus, as a baseball market, the closest competitor if you head directly west is located in Seattle. Throw in the taxpayer-backed shiny new stadium, and it becomes clear that the main thing limiting payroll is a tightfisted ownership group.
brachiosaurus

Attleboro, MA

#9 Feb 4, 2010
We Feed the money machine. The MLB players union does what it's supposed to do: protect its members. Otherwise, an even smaller percentage of people, owners like the Pohlads, would be wallowing in all the money we pour into professional sports.

And, it's true about the spending. There's no reason that the Twins organization and its owners cannot spend the money to be competitive, even with Mauer signed to an extension. The Twins organization has both the financial and the minor league resources to acquire and pay the few missing pieces.

As for leadership, Mauer and Cuddyer played well down the stretch and through the play-offs, but baseball is a team sport. In their two World Series seasons, the Twins went into the play-offs behind aces like Morris and Viola. Hopefully a leader will emerge from the starting rotation. It's hard to forget game 7, 1991, and Jack Morris going 10 innings. Sabathia and Lee deserve a lot of credit for bringing their teams all the way.
Jackie

Ely, MN

#10 Feb 4, 2010
My goodness how much money do these guys need? Now it looks like its greed not needs.
smartie

Minneapolis, MN

#11 Feb 4, 2010
While the Yankees are the most loved BB team in the Big Apple,
they are the most hated on the road. Why would "Joltin'" Joe
sign with them?

“Noses run and feet smell”

Since: Dec 08

Compton CA

#12 Feb 4, 2010
We need mauer. that goes without saying, but i think the addition of Thome, Hardy, and the departure of Gomez were positive moves by the Twins' head office. I think Joe wants to be here, and at some point, both Mauer and the Twins' organization are going to realize they both want each other and that money isnt the issue. i think and i hope Joe is waiting to hear a commitment from the head office that theya re going to spend the money and effort to surround Joe with the type of talent that will help him win. Joe isnt all about the money, and we all know that. The ball is in the Twins organizations court, now all they have to do is shoot the darn basket.
O-2E in 101st Airborne

Moscow, Russia

#13 Feb 4, 2010
I'd rather win than keep Mauer so if it comes down to keeping him or affording a decent roster, let the Yankee$ have him.
Scott in Orlando

Orlando, FL

#14 Feb 4, 2010
I say start Mauer out with a $200 million 9 year offer with a team option for $25 million on the tenth year that if not exercised would be worth a decent buyout for Joe. Could he get more from NY & Bosox? Sure. But if he wants a trade in a few years then he can negotiate with them on a contract extension. If he gets any more money from the Twins, the team cannot field enough quality players to surround him to be a championship type team anyway.
Justin

Wetumpka, AL

#15 Feb 4, 2010
Scott in Orlando wrote:
I say start Mauer out with a $200 million 9 year offer with a team option for $25 million on the tenth year that if not exercised would be worth a decent buyout for Joe. Could he get more from NY & Bosox? Sure. But if he wants a trade in a few years then he can negotiate with them on a contract extension. If he gets any more money from the Twins, the team cannot field enough quality players to surround him to be a championship type team anyway.
I completely agree if that isnt enough then its greed on Joe's part and the twins should put that money elsewhere.
Arnie

Minnetonka, MN

#16 Feb 4, 2010
The players union is necessary. Otherwise, we'd have owners like Comiskey causing crooked games like the 1919 World Series because he wouldn't pay his players a fair salary. But the salaries now are way too high. Who pays for it? We do. Higher ticket prices, higher prices on the companies that advertise and higher cable bills to carry those channels. The Yankees have a gold mine in Yes Network. King Carl tried his own network several years ago and it flopped big time. This market wouldn't/couldn't give the same financial edge the Yanks have.

Joe is the best catcher in baseball. Many players move on for better contracts. We'll see what Joe opts to do. I'd like to see him stay.
JoAnn

United States

#17 Feb 4, 2010
I get SO tired of the greed in the sports world today. If someone can't live off $20million a year for 10 years then something is wrong. You should be able to live off one years salary for the rest of your life! Stop and think of the people raising families on $30-40, 000 a year. It is about time the sports figures stop playing for more money and enjoy the sport or get out! Let's throw in a comment on the Vikings.. the people of MN are not buying my house for me so why should I pay for the Vikings to have a new stadium. Use your salary and the franchise's money and get the loan yourself.
Eric

Bronxville, NY

#19 Feb 4, 2010
why wouldnt he hit free agency? he can make 50 mill more!
Tall Paul

Hugo, MN

#20 Feb 4, 2010
As soon as Mark Rosen reported that Mauer and the Twins were close to a deal...he came out the next day and said..."thats news to me". Do not kid yourselves about Joe Mauer. He has been groomed his whole life for this moment. The first free agent contract and he will play it to the max. Second...being he can go anywhere he wants...he'll want to go to a winner.

A winner is the Twins'...backing into the playoffs and then getting your a s s handed to you by a real team...isnt the winner were talking about. He'll get the money either way...then pick which team will win the most. Yanks...Boston..LA...

The Twins don't have to lock him down....they'll sell enough tickets based soley on a new stadium for the next couple years. Mauer money will only be mortaging their future at the expense of ever contending.
ccugacgcaauaucg

Minneapolis, MN

#21 Feb 4, 2010
Eric and tall paul,

If there is a superstar left in this league that isn't an overpaid diva it's joe mauer. He will stay with the twins and they will have a chance to compete. It is much more special when a smaller market team wins than when the Yankees win. Other than new yorkers does anyone care if the yankees win? No, and is anyone surprised when their payroll is over a quarter billion dollars? If the Twins pitching comes around they are truly competitors. An I wouldn't say the twins got their a s s handed to them by the Yankees. Sure they got swept but they lead in nearly every game and none were blowouts at all.

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