First things first in this article; I know that some Minnesota Twins fans are going to hate this headline but I really wish you would wait until the end before you verbally slap me. The Twins have been right on the edge of good so many times over the past several seasons that I wonder if they will ever be able to compete again. Joe Mauer is such a powerfully talented baseball player that I hate seeing his ability spent with the Twins when both sides would be better without the other.
The Twins always do the same basic thing. They bring along great young talent, put them on the field until they are stars and then watch them go to another team. How are they supposed to build an eventual contender if they never keep any players? The one they have kept and extended is Mauer and he cannot win games or turn a franchise around on his own. You just can’t expect a miracle every season.
Meanwhile Mauer is batting .324 for his career and even higher than that so far this season but doesn’t even have 20 RBI. How great could this guy be on another team that got people on base in front of him? How much better could the Twins be overall if they ridded themselves of Mauer’s $23 million dollar yearly salary?
Both sides of this little marriage would be better without the other. The Twins could bring along and sign a great young half team for what they pay Mauer. Meanwhile a team in another market could eat that money and still contend while Mauer became the legend he could be. I don’t know if it’ll ever happen but he needs to go somewhere else. Sure he has enough time left on his contract that he could be there when they finally build a winner that is consistent. The more I think about that the more I realize that it would have happened by now if it were going to. I don’t think it will with Mauer and Justin Morneau on the team.