MINNEAPOLIS - Joe Mauer is staying home.
The AL MVP agreed to an eight-year, $184-million contract extension with Minnesota yesterday that includes a full no-trade clause. The deal covers the 2011-2018 seasons and is the fourth largest - both in total value and average salary - in major-league history. Starting next season, the All-Star catcher, 26, will make $23 million a year.
The team said last night that neither Mauer nor team officials would comment until a news conference scheduled for 7 o'clock tonight at the team's spring training facility in Fort Myers, Fla. Mauer, who has won three AL batting titles, was entering the final year of his current contract.
Nathan done for year
Twins closer Joe Nathan will miss the 2010 season because of a right elbow injury that will require surgery. Nathan, who played for Stony Brook and leads the major leagues with 246 saves since 2004, made the decision after playing catch with Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson for 10 minutes yesterday.
"It didn't go like we hoped," said Nathan, who hopes to have Tommy John surgery within two weeks to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. - AP