Sunday, February 11, 2007

Twins Sign Mauer to Four-Year Deal

The Twins avoided arbitration with Joe Mauer this year, as well as for the rest of his arbitration-eligible years, by signing him to a four-year deal worth "at least $33 million" today.

I wrote last Monday about the possibility of this very contract and determined that it would be a good deal for both sides, so I have to say I'm happy that an agreement has been reached. Not only will this prevent the Twins and Mauer from having to deal with that nasty arbitration process for the next several years, it will also lock up Mauer through his first season of free agent eligibility, which could prove crucial.

The Twins are now left with just one unsolved arbitration case, that being Michael Cuddyer.