The twins and catcher Joe Mauer agreed on a four-year, $33 million deal Sunday.
Mauer was a fantasy stud in 2006, leading the AL with a .347 average. He's only 23-years-old, and while his power numbers weren't great (13 homers, 84 RBIs), they should continue to improve over the next few years. And hopefully, at some point in his career, we won't have to hear announcers tell the story of how Bobby Bowden recruited Mauer to play football at Florida State. Keep your fingers crossed.
As for this year's drafts, Mauer should be the first catcher off the board. Cleveland's Victor Martinez was very good last year (.316, 16 homers, 93 RBIs) and Atlanta's Brian McCann also put up good numbers (.333, 24 homers, 93 RBIs).
Other solid catchers from 2006: Ramon Hernandez (.275, 23 homers, 91 RBIs), Kenji Johjima (.291, 18 homers, 76 RBIs), Jorge Posada (.277, 23 homers, 93 RBIs), Ivan Rodriguez (.300, 13 homers, 69 RBIs).
With Mauer's potential though, it would be tough to select any of those guys ahead of him.