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Joe Mauer on possible retirement: 'It's a tough decision'

The 15-year pro might hang it up after the season.

There's no question that Joe Mauer will be remembered as one of the greats to ever wear a Twins uniform, but there are plenty of questions about how much longer he'll wear a uniform at all. 

Mauer spoke Wednesday night about his possible retirement after the season. 

"Try to enjoy the last couple of weeks of the season and just take a deep breath and go from there," he said. "I want to enjoy coming every day and competing, and taking time once the season ends and kind of go over the year like I normally would and go from there."

Mauer, in his 15th MLB season, is hitting .274 with six homers and 43 RBI in 112 games. 

"It's tough. It's a tough decision," Mauer said. "There are a lot of factors that will go into it. Right now is probably not the right time to decide either way. I want to make sure I'm 100 percent confident and be 100 percent behind it."

Mauer's future is also clouded by his contract situation. This is the final season of the eight-year, $184 million deal he signed in 2010, meaning the Twins would have to offer him a new deal for him to come back. 

If he does continue to play, it's all but guaranteed that he won't make near the $23 million annually he's been making the last eight seasons. 

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