Mauer Gives $70 Million to Charity

by on March 30, 2010   10 Comments

Joe Mauer inked a 8-year contract with his hometown Minnesota Twins this past week worth $23 million a year starting in 2011 for a total guaranteed value of $184 million.  If you play fantasy baseball you know that Joe Mauer is the best offensive catcher on planet Earth, but he is also one of the best defensive catchers, too, which separates him from the shortlist of quality catchers in the big leagues.

Despite being one of the highest paid players in the game, Mauer still generously gave the Twins a hometown discount and the IRS should make an exception and allow him to write off at least $70 million as a donation to charity.

A free agent player on the market of Joe Mauer’s caliber would have easily drawn $250 million – around 10 years at $25 million a year.  He plays the most premier position in the big leagues and the value of a catcher that can produce offensively increases exponentially if they have any value behind the dish.  Take players like Jorge Posada and Victor Martinez – a lot of catchers get productive years from time to time but not many have produced as consistently as these two guys make about $13mm and $6mm respectively, although Martinez will probably get a raise in the $13-$15mm per range after his current contract expires at the end of the 2010 season.

You can’t deny that New York and Boston positioned themselves very nicely to be able to pony up for the 2011 free agent class, which was highlighted, until now, by Joe Mauer.  The signings of bargain bin filler players like Randy Winn and Adrian Beltre only cleared the path.

Any day a player can stick with a team that drafted and developed them is a great day for baseball and a great day for baseball fans.  And even though some people are getting on Joe Mauer and the state of baseball given the size of this contract, don’t kid yourselves, Minnesota, he just did you a huge favor.

Author: Aimee Connors
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  1. Mauer is definitely deserving of every penny he’ll get from that contract and then some. A catcher who can hit like that, and play defense like he can doesn’t exactly come around every day (or decade.) I’m glad to see that he’ll be spending at least the bulk of his career in Minnesota. On top of being a great player, he seems to be an even better person. And he’s got some killer sideburns.

    Comment by Matt Pennington
    April 3, 2010 at 1:42 am

  2. Your idea of charity and my idea of charity are two ENTIRELY different things. In fact, I would say your heal

    Huge favor? I about CHOKED on my bottle of coke when I read that.

    Fact is, I would probably now take Butera even up versus Mauer and all his mollycoddling. Big difference is that Butera costs about 1/50 the amount Mauer costs….and he’s willing to play every game….and it actually seems like he cares about something other than himself.

    Comment by Jon Banjo
    June 28, 2011 at 6:09 am

  3. I know you’ll just take this post down again, but why in the world would you degrade the term “charity.” There are a whole lot of good people that give to charity. They work hard for their money, and giving to charity means something.

    Joe Mauer accepting 180 million from the team is about as far removed from charity as anything I can think of.

    Comment by Jon Banjo
    August 28, 2011 at 10:14 pm

  4. LOL.

    Comment by Dave West
    September 3, 2011 at 3:54 am

  5. I can’t stop laughing. The gift to the twin cities that keeps giving back. LOL.

    Comment by Maurice Gandolpho
    September 18, 2011 at 9:05 am

  6. Doing a bit of surfing on the net to see if Mauer actually does give to charity, and came across this.

    Wow. I have never read another article that left me feeling quite so empty. This is your idea of charity? You think Mauer gave the Twin Cities a break?

    The guy has been nothing but disaster since the contract. Ruined the team.

    Comment by Maurice Gandolpho
    October 5, 2011 at 1:22 pm

  7. Sorry for the delay in approving & responding to the comments, gentlemen. I didn’t notice until now my article from a year plus ago has gotten so much recent attention.

    Mauer absolutely gave the team a break. That’s an undebatable fact. The Yankees or Red Sox would have been in an all-out bidding war for his services and he stood to make 30-40% more than he got on the free agent market.

    I guess the hang-up several of you have is the word “charity.” You’ll have to pardon the expression. I guess maybe insanity would be a better term. Because only an insane person can look at a table with $250 million on it and walk away leaving $70 million behind. I prefer to think he has a soft spot in his heart for the hometown team that he would give back to the organization that drafted him #1 overall. But maybe he really is insane?

    Comment by Jason Wuerfel
    October 13, 2011 at 5:40 pm

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  9. Yeah – maybe he could have gotten more. Maybe not. But really, come on now, what freaking difference does it make if you make $180,000,000 or $250,000,000 (I don’t believe that figure anyway).

    Even at the time Mauer’s contract was signed – there were a number of people saying why in the world one would pay that kind of money to a 300 hitter with little power and is very soft when it comes to playing with injuries. In hindsight we would have been far better off trading him – and gotten a boatload of talent in exchange.

    Even after the contract was signed, Mauer has shown himself to NOT be a leader, and the contract is the single biggest reason this team has tanked. We can’t afford the good free agents, and Mauer’s performance has been miserable. Further, the other players resent the guy. It’s pretty obvious.

    No team has ever been successful when it gives more than 20% of it’s payroll to a single player. We give Mauer 25%. It’s insane. That’s the one thing I agree with you on.

    Comment by Maurice Gandolpho
    May 8, 2012 at 10:08 am

  10. No question NOW – even Twins management admit it was a foolish deal.

    Comment by Jon Banjo
    August 29, 2012 at 5:59 pm

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