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Joe Mauer Ranks At No. 12 On Sports Illustrated's 50 Wealthiest American Athletes

Joe Mauer was named the 12th highest paid American athlete by Sports Illustrated.

June 16, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer (7) looks on from dugout during the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Target Field. The Twins won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
June 16, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer (7) looks on from dugout during the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Target Field. The Twins won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

On Monday, Sports Illustrated released its annual collection of the 50 wealthiest American athletes and Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer was ranked No. 12 on the list. Obviously, Mauer's healthy salary of $23 million in 2012 from the Twins has helped catapult him just outside of the top-ten but it's Mauer's involvement in outside activities that pushed him further up the list.

Via Sports Illustrated:

Mauer's endorsement income has grown by more than $2 million since last year, thanks to relationships with Head & Shoulders, Gatorade, and Sony. He's only missed one game through May, after missing 80 games in 2011.

According to the report, the 29-year old catcher earned a cool $25.75 million in 2012, which places him between the Buffalo Bills big free agent addition, Mario Williams and three-time NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant.

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