The headline says it all. On the heels of Twins closer Joe Nathan announcing he’s going to need Tommy John surgery, the Twins and Joe Mauer have agreed to a 8 year deal worth 184 mil. Here’s the story via MLBTR:
4:47pm: The Twins have reached agreement with Joe Mauer on an eight-year, $184MM extension. The agreement was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter) while the Twins disclosed the contract’s terms – including its full no-trade clause – via press release. The contract will cover the soon-to-be 27-year-old from 2011 through the 2018 campaign.
Rosenthal also tweets that the deal, which averages out to $23MM per year, is the fourth largest in MLB history. The pact is topped only by Alex Rodriguez‘s $275MM contract with the Yankees, Rodriguez’s $252MM contract with Texas, and Derek Jeter‘s $189MM deal.
Yankee fans who were planning on acquiring him to replace Jorge Posada will have to look elsewhere.