Joe Mauer gets to stay at home

Eight-year, $184 million extension keeps native son where he belongs -- in Minnesota

Updated: March 22, 2010, 2:12 AM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

It had to happen. It was meant to happen. And the Twins and Joe Mauer made it happen.

It took $184 million of hard-earned Pohlad family money, spread out over eight years. But that's not all it took.

It took a realization on all sides that Joe Mauer had to be a Twin, forever and ever. Or at least 'til retirement or worn-out kneecaps get in the way.

That meant Mauer himself had to realize that. And his esteemed agent, Ron Shapiro, had to realize that. And the folks who have access ...

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