AL MVP Joe Mauer has agreed to an eight-year, $184 million contract extension to stay with the Minnesota Twins.
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The deal announced Sunday covers the 2011-2018 seasons and includes a full no-trade clause. It's the culmination of a monthslong negotiation between the Twins and their hometown star.
Mauer has won three AL batting titles and an MVP award. He is considered one of the best defensive catchers in the game. Last year he hit .365 with 28 home runs and 96 RBIs to help the Twins win the AL Central division.
The St. Paul native was the No. 1 overall pick by the Twins in 2001.
Oddsmakers from online sports book SGGLOBAL.com have made the Twins 24/1 long shots to win the 2010 World Series and 10/1 to win the American League Pennant.
Posted: 3/22/10 3:37PM ET