Unlimited joy. Unlimited relief.
Those were the 2 raw emotions felt by Twins fans everywhere one year ago today. We could not be happier that Joe Mauer finally, FINALLY resigned with the Twins. We finally were assured that Joe Mauer, one of the greatest players to put on the Twins uniform and potentially the greatest catcher to ever play baseball, would not be leaving Minnesota any time soon.
Not as many people are as happy about his deal anymore. They think it was to much. If all things were equal, it was an overpayment, but it was a price that needed to be paid. The Yankees and Red Sox, two of the teams with the highest payrolls, are still in a bad place catching wise. They would have loved to get a piece of Mauer this offseason.
The Twins kept Mauer. It needed to be done. Let’s rekindle some of the joy we had last year.
Happy Joe Mauer Day.
There are many things to be said about Jesse Crain. Some people like him. Some don’t. For me, it’s not about the untapped potential or the frustration he brings. It’s about the money.
Jesse Crain has been worth 2.5 WAR in his career, with approximately half of that coming in 2006 (1.2). He has been worth 1 WAR from 2007 while getting paid 4.34 million for his services. In my opinion, 4.34 million is to much to pay for 1 extra win over 4 years. As he’s going to be a free agent in 2011, he should not be given a new contract and the Twins should move on with younger arms such as Anthony Slama and Kyle Waldrop. Especially since he’ll be seeking a pay raise. He’ll want more than his current 2 million, with my guess being somewhere around 2.25 million.