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A worthy $20M man?

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07:18 AM ET 06.17 | Nearly as a rule, a big contract guarantees some level of disappointment, and $23-million man Joe Mauer has taken a beating in the Twin Cities. By comparison with other players making $20 million or more this season, he's a bargain. ... A few of the players who make $20 million or more and have been injured, inept or merely disappointing: Alex Rodriguez, Johan Santana, Vernon Wells, Mark Teixeira, Tim Lincecum, Adrian Gonzalez, Zack Greinke, Carl Crawford, Matt Cain, Cole Hamels, Matt Kemp, Howard, Halladay and Barry Zito. The list of $20 million players who have justified their contracts, at least in the short term, is much shorter: Mauer, Cabrera, Verlander, Felix Hernandez and maybe CC Sabathia if you consider the Yankees' wealth.

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June 17, 2013  08:07 AM ET

In my opinion, to justify making $20 million a year, or essentially top money, in MLB, a player needs to put up top of the line HOF numbers on a yearly basis and the only player I see doing that right now is Miguel Cabrera.

 
June 17, 2013  10:09 AM ET

Wonder if the writer actually notices how frequently Mauer gets injured....

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