February 12, 2007

Morneau Wants More

According to the Star Tribune, the Twins offered Justin Morneau a deal similar to the one that Joe Mauer just signed this past weekend. This season, Morneau will make $4.5 million and will then have to go to arbitration again next season if he doesn't sign an extension before then. Here is exactly what the Star Tribune had to say in a little paragraph.

Meanwhile, Mark Pieper, the agent for first baseman Justin Morneau, has turned down a deal similar to Mauer's. For now, Morneau will be paid $4.5 million for this season, a deal he agreed to earlier this month. Because of a difference in service time, Morneau can't become a free agent until after the 2010 season while Mauer could have become free a year earlier.

In this story, I also found another little thing very interesting. The reason the Twins were able to come to an agreement with Mauer is because owner Carl Pohlad has allowed Terry Ryan to increase the Twins payroll from $63.4 million in 2006 to right around $70 million in 2007. Again below is another paragraph with the payroll increases since 1991 along with what Pohlad had to say about the troubles with the stadium.

The Twins had a payroll of $13.3 million when they won the 1987 World Series. When they won it again in 1991, salaries had increased to $22.5 million. Payroll was $24.3 million in 2001. It jumped to $40.2 million in 2002, $55.5 million in 2003, $53.5 million in 2004, $56.1 million in 2005, $63.4 million in 2006 and now $70 million.

Major League Baseball's revenue sharing system has helped the Twins add to their payroll, with the team receiving about $20 million a year from that. Television revenue also has increased.

"It is going to be very difficult to compete with other franchises if we don't get the stadium deal done," said Pohlad, who couldn't understand how a ballpark deal could progress so far without control of the land.

Although these are just jottings found inside a story about Timberwolves coach Randy Wittman, here is the link to the story from the Star Tribune.

UPDATE: According to the Pioneer Press, this rumor might not exactly be true. His agent said Monday that Morneau remains open to an extension. There story is called "Morneau Open to Longer Deal" and can be found by clicking the link.