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Friday, March 26, 2010
ESPN Radio Extra Point

By Jeremy Schaap

Joe Mauer

No one could argue that Joe Mauer made any kind of sacrifice by signing an eight-year contract with the Twins worth $184 million. Unborn generations of his descendants are now financially secure.

He gets to remain in the organization that nurtured him and gets to play in a new park that's situated only a few miles from his childhood home. But Mauer probably left about a hundred million dollars on the table.

If he'd become a free agent at the end of this season -- if he'd stayed healthy -- he might have commanded the biggest contract ever.

He might have signed with a team such as the Yankees or Red Sox, who might contend for championships indefinitely.

He could have moved to a city where the average January temperature is higher than his uniform number -- seven. But he didn't.

This is good news for baseball. This gives hope to fans whose teams don't have the resources of the tycoon franchises.

Usually, when someone in sports says, "It's not about the money," you know they're lying. Not this time.

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