There is no doubt that Joe Mauer is the face of the Minnesota Twins. Mauer has had his struggles in the past two years with his offensive production going down and moving occasionally out from behind the plate to first base. Mauer is going to catch more in 2013 which is a positive sign that Mauer is heading back to his normal self.
I have worried about Mauer’s health staying behind the plate for the length of his career. With Mauer planning to catch more in 2013, something tells me that he is healthier than he has been lately. The Twins need Mauer to be at his best every time he is on the field because right now, the team is in a rebuilding mode yet again. Mauer is going to need to hit well over .300 with 15-20 home runs for Minnesota just to have the Twins not finish with over 100 losses in 2013 I think.
This is a big season for Mauer and the Twins as a whole. There are several trades made in the off-season and the team looks like they are looking ahead more to 2015 than to this season. If Mauer can catch 110-120 games this year and allow Minnesota to not worry about the catcher position as much, the Twins can make other moves that could have the team competitive again soon. It will definitely be an uphill climb in the American League Central but with a leader like Mauer on the field for almost every game, anything is possible in Minnesota.