Joe Mauer signed an extension with the Minnesota Twins, 8 years $184 million.
He is a Minnesota home grown ball player and everyone was saying that it was imperative for the Twins to re-sign him and not let some of the big market teams bid for his services.
The Twins have long been considered one of the best managed teams in baseball, both on and off the field. They very rarely over paid for players, even if it meant getting rid of one of the best players in their prime (see Johan Santana). They would consistently find hidden gems in their minor league system and trade for other teams minor league players that were to be thought to be washed up; and then turn them into an all-star.
Now with the Twins giving so much money to one player, does this change the way that the Twins do business? Will giving so much money to one player prohibit them from signing opther players, thus having to go with more minor leaguers?
I don’t think that this will effect the Twins in the near future, but I do feel this will effect the Twins 2, 3 or 4 years from now. I think you may see the Twins trying to trade Mauer around year 5 of this contract.