Joe Mauer has the second-worst contract in baseball, says Yahoo!
As good as Mauer is, his contract is even worse, Yahoo! writes.
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.
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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