FanPost

Mauer Signs Extension. What Does This Mean For Pujols?

Today, AL MVP Joe Mauer signed an eight-year, $184 million dollar deal with the Twins. While this doesn't guarantee that he would stay a Twin his entire career, it does mean the Twins will retain his services throughout his prime (up until his age 35 season). I don't want to discuss the specifics of the deal or what it means for the Twins. Fangraphs has that covered. What I want to do is have a discussion about what this means for an extension for Albert. My take is after the break.




So, Cards fans, I have to say that while it's a good sign for us that The Other MVP is committed to a full career with his team, the specifics of the deal aren't that encouraging. If you give the fangraphs article a read, you'll see that the Twins are paying full market value for what Mauer can reasonably be expected to provide over the course of the deal. Yes, he was an 8 WAR player last year, and if he maintains that throughout the deal, the Twins will have a fantastic bargain. But he won't maintain it. Nobody does (correction: nobody except Bonds). This is exactly the thing that worries me about an extension with AP. If Pujols signs the exact same deal, it will be effective in 2012, which would take us through his age 39 season. Albert is an exceptional player, but there's a lot of room for age related decline, and a lot of time for injury and decline. What will Albert provide our team as a 39-year-old non-juicing player? I think, as in the case of Mauer, over the next 8 years we could probably expect an average Of 6 WAR from Pujols. This means that if he takes the exact same deal as Mauer, the contract will be worth it. The problem is, with his track record, Albert would be justified in asking for more money. At a certain point, the money becomes too much for the team to handle. Spending 40% of the budget on two players (Holliday and Pujols) is a much discussed and very real problem. How can we contend when we have so much of our budget invested in two aging players? Right now, I think the team's best option is to wait, hope for a merely great year from Pujols this year (6 WAR would do), win the World Series (as if it were so easy) and negotiate next winter. Albert's stock could not be higher than it is now. If we extend him now, the risk of overpaying and hamstringing the team in the future is too great. And as Albert is a true competitor, nothing would bring down his asking price like another World Series ring. What do all of you think? posted from my iPhone (lol what a pain)
SB Nation Featured Video
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Viva El Birdos

You must be a member of Viva El Birdos to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Viva El Birdos. You should read them.

Join Viva El Birdos

You must be a member of Viva El Birdos to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Viva El Birdos. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker