The Minnesota Twins are likely going to finish in last place this season in the American League Central and in the process are denying their hometown hero a chance to win a World Series before his career gets too long in the tooth.
Joe Mauer will turn 30-years old this season and as he starts the third year of his eight-year contract, he has to be wondering what the game plan is for the Twins moving ahead. It seems like the team is spinning its wheels right now.
Minnesota traded away their top two center fielders in Denard Span and Ben Revere in the off-season, and while the team has some talent still on it, it’s not a championship team or a team that can win more than 70 games.
Mauer had his career year in 2009 with 28 home runs and 96 RBIs while batting .365. The power numbers have declined since that year to a point where Mauer has just 22 home runs over the last three seasons. You can blame it on Target Field if you want, but it is obvious Mauer isn’t hitting that home run number again.
Mauer did hit .319 last season, and will be expected to lead a young Minnesota rotation to success in 2013 from behind the plate. The Twins should find a way to get better sooner than later though for Mauer’s sake, and while he has been to the playoffs three times during his career, Minnesota has not won a single postseason game.
It is time to build something around Mauer in Minnesota, instead of tearing it all down and being at least two or three years away from possible playoff contention.