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Joe Mauer Stays with Twins

Twin's all-star catcher and holder of last year's American League batting title has agreed to the Minnesota Twin's $33 million contract deal. With his new four-year contract, Mauer will play for the Twin's through the 2010 season. The signing of this new contract comes as a relief to many fans that feared Mauer might leave the Twins for a better contract.

As the first catcher ever to win the American League batting title with an impressive .347 average, Mauer had a lot of pull in Major League Baseball. Mauer was scheduled to meet with Twins General Manager Terry Ryan and Team owner Carl Pohlad this Tuesday to discuss his salary arbitration hearing. The Twins forwent the hearing and offered Mauer the contract to avoid the possibility of losing him to a better offer.

Read the Twins' official press release here.
Click the title to read the Star Tribune article.