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Some perspective on Joe Mauer's deal and historical catcher contracts

Over at BTB, there's a post up with a chart that compares Joe Mauer's new deal with the biggest deals ever given to a catcher.  The graphic helps illustrate how much bigger Mauer's guaranteed money is compared to the other "big money" catcher deals.

It is also interesting to peruse who else makes the cut...Mauer has two of the ten biggest catcher deals of all time, Jorge Posada has two of them, and Pudge Rodriguez has two.  You also have Mike Piazza, Jason Varitek, Jason Kendall, and...Ramon Hernandez.

It says a lot about how reluctant teams are to dole out big guaranteed deals to catchers, that Ramon Hernandez cracks the top 10.