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Joe Mauer signs a 4 year extension with the Twins

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The Twins and Joe Mauer have agreed to a 4 year, $33 million contract extension.

Nice deal for Mauer...he gets $3.75 million this year, $6.25 million in 2008, $10.5 million in 2009 and $12.5 million in 2010, along with possible incentives.

There's a bit of risk here for the Twins...Mauer is just 23, but he's had some injury issues, and as a catcher, he's got more risk of injury than most. Still, Mauer was one of the best players in the A.L. last year, and between his bat and his play behind the plate, if he can stay healthy, he should be worth every penny to Minnesota...