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08:12 AM ET 05.15 | Alfonso Soriano may have the worst contract in baseball, but he's only signed for three more years, something the Twins might wish for one-time hometown hero Joe Mauer. He's a swell fella. Great role model. But his eight-year, $184 million contract is the biggest albatross on any payroll in baseball. Mauer, who just two years ago was considered the finest catcher in baseball, now can barely stay healthy enough to catch, let alone hit for power. The only thing considered softer than this demeanor is his batting average. He is hitting.286 and has hit just one homer. Incredibly, he has hit only two home runs in 460 at-bats at Target Field since his new contract. Toronto's Jose Bautista has 10 in just 47 at-bats at Target Field.

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May 15, 2012  08:38 AM ET

John Henry's signature is on the dotted line of most of those contracts.

May 15, 2012  08:39 AM ET
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<points and laughs>

<points and laughs at Mets franchise>

May 15, 2012  08:41 AM ET

He is hitting .286 and has hit just one homer.

That's almost 100 points more than Pujols with the same amount of power.

May 15, 2012  08:42 AM ET
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He is hitting .286 and has hit just one homer.That's almost 100 points more than Pujols with the same amount of power.

I was just going to say that. The USA today thinks that hitting .286 is soft.

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May 15, 2012  08:48 AM ET
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Some of these deals makes arods contract seem like a bargain<wipes sweat off brow>

Not sure about that, there is much discussion if he gets near those HR plateaus.

Also, his slg% is dropping

2007 .645
2008 .573
2009 .532
2010 .506
2011 .461
2012 .431

Give it a year or 2 more, then it's right there considering he still has 5 years after this one.

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May 15, 2012  09:06 AM ET

Twins should have traded him while he still had value. They even took out some trees in center field cause he complained he couldn't see that ball. Sorry Joe, that wasn't the issue.

May 15, 2012  09:15 AM ET

The amazing thing is pitchers still fear him, 23 walks and only 14Ks. His patience at the plate needs to be commended.

May 15, 2012  09:16 AM ET

.276 (Mauer's average this morning) with 1 home run and a .769 OPS, is very soft for a guy who hit .365 with 28 HRs and 1.031 OPS in his injury shortened contract year

May 15, 2012  09:21 AM ET
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The amazing thing is pitchers still fear him, 23 walks and only 14Ks. His patience at the plate needs to be commended.

Hooray! $184 million for a catcher that draws alot of walks!!!

May 15, 2012  09:22 AM ET

The Twins must move Mauer to DH or First Base and hope he starts hitting again.

Worst contract: At the moment Pujols is looking like a good bet for that honor. Then there is Carl Crawford, an utter waste of $142 million, Adrian Gonzalez, John Lackey and Dice-K (all Red Sox). Jose Reyes, Mark Texiera and A-Roid. Jayson Werth is better this year, but still not remotely worth what he is getting paid.

The bottom line - nine figure contracts are invariably a bad deal for teams signing them.

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May 15, 2012  09:28 AM ET
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Yeah, you guys started all of this nonsense.

EVERY TEAM HAS HAD THEIR HAND IN THIS.

Kevin Brown, Denny Neagle, A-rod in Texas, Lackey and Crawford in Boston, Giambi and others in New York, Jason Bay and others for the Mets, Bonilla, and on and on....

To say one team is responsible for everything is nuts.

And I can't stand the Yankees.

May 15, 2012  09:33 AM ET
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EVERY TEAM HAS HAD THEIR HAND IN THIS.Kevin Brown, Denny Neagle, A-rod in Texas, Lackey and Crawford in Boston, Giambi and others in New York, Jason Bay and others for the Mets, Bonilla, and on and on....To say one team is responsible for everything is nuts. And I can't stand the Yankees.

Hey now ... don't let facts get in the way of some Yankmee bashing!

May 15, 2012  09:35 AM ET
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Hooray! $184 million for a catcher that draws alot of walks!!!

And the taking every first pitch fastball strike, and walking rather than expanding his strike zone a little in clutch situations are part of the reason for his poor run production.

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