We Forget How Filthy Rich Baseball Players Are
When we see athletes sign these ridiculously lucrative deals, we have seemingly become numb to just how absurd they are. When Robinson Cano signed with the Mariners for over $200 million, sure we said that's a shitload of money, but then we continued on with our day. When the Broncos just re-signed Von Miller for $70 million guaranteed, we said "hmm, he deserves it." We definitely thought the Lakers were nuts for paying Timofey Mozgov $64 million, but once free agency was in full swing, the contract really didn't seem so out of line. Sports generates so much money, that sometimes it's just really hard to fathom.
Years ago, when Joe Mauer was one of the best players in baseball, he signed a massive contract extension of eight years and $184 million with the Twins. Minnesota was keeping their local hero in Minnesota for the long term. Although Mauer's star as faded, his contract has not. He is scheduled to earn $23 million in both 2017 and 2018, as the Twins starting first baseman. Some of the many perks of making so much money s the ability to buy multiple houses. In fact, Mauer just purchased a brand new one on Lake Minnetonka’s Wayzata Bay. In all cash.
The house cost Mauer and wife $6.2 million, or about a fourth of his salary for this current season. There was no mortgage or down payment. There was no fee for paying by credit card. Mauer simply went to the bank, took out a whole bunch of stacks, and delivered the cold hard cash for the property. The house contains five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and an eight car garage. Seems like it will probably big enough for Mauer, his wife, and his twin daughters.
Imagine being able to pay for something that expensive in CASH? Yup, we tried and we couldn't do it either.
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