With the millions of dollars that MLB players earn, fans cannot help but demand the most from top money earners. In other words, fans expect that only top talent is rewarded with top money. Twins Territory is no exception to this merit-based idea.
Twins fans have been particularly aware of player performance and pay since the team lost its label of "Small Market Franchise" in 2010. That year, the Twins inflated their payroll by nearly half, paying Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau a combined $37 million year.
Currently, Mauer, Morneau and three other Twins players makeup 62.2 percent of the team's payroll. Some are having good seasons, some are having bad.
This article evaluates Minnesota's top five money-earners' current season performances and tests that against their current season salary. The intention of the article is to decide whether or not these five players are living up to their 2012 salaries.