New book by agent Shapiro tells how to seal the deal

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  • Updated: February 25, 2014 - 12:03 AM

After he negotiated a $9 million contract with the Twins that made Kirby Puckett the first $3 million-a-year player in baseball history, agent Ron Shapiro remembers reading headlines asking, “Can salaries possibly go any higher?” Twenty years later, when he convinced the Twins to offer Joe Mauer a deal worth more than 20 times that much, Shapiro was certain of the answer.

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jpweisserFeb. 25, 14 7:21 AM

Yes, they hit the lottery. A very weak negotiating partner in Bill Smith & coming off an MVP year was the perfect storm. Not sure Joe's leverage would have been as great if he had hit free agency after 2010 as he came back down to earth with 9 homers & 75 RBI. Not sure it would have reached $30M/year as he thinks.

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sidhartmannFeb. 25, 1410:02 AM

The Twins didn't know what hit them. Part of Shapiro's "words" were to claim Mauer could have received much more elsewhere, which is just not true.

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