Minnesota Twins slugger Joe Mauer has elected to have a permanent position at first base from now until the end of his career. The decision to move from catcher to first base is completely on Mauer as concussions took a toll on him in 2013. At this point, what does the new position mean for the Twins going forward?
For starters, this is a good move for Minnesota. It is true they will be losing an incredible defensive talent at catcher. With that being said, Mauer’s offensive numbers should surge now that he will have fresher legs on a consistent basis.
”He was a catcher way back in the day, and he said, ‘You’re going to be amazed at how much better you feel,”’ Mauer said referring to former teammate and best friend Justin Morneau, according to Yahoo! Sports. ”I’m looking forward to that.”
It is unfortunate the organization will be losing some power at the first base position, but the fact that Mauer has a career .873 OPS should be some reassurance. Not to mention, his career .323 batting average and .405 on-base percentage is nothing to be shy about. To see those statistics plus his power numbers hopefully increase will be worth the possible decline at the catcher position.
As far as catcher is concerned, the Twins should either look to free agency or stick with Ryan Doumit. Personally, I believe going to free agency would be a good call. However, Minnesota is in desperate need of pitching, which could limit their funds. On the other hand, form Twin A.J. Pierzynski, who is currently a free agent, would be a welcomed addition. Another great fit would be Jarrod Saltalamacchia as long as Minnesota is willing to give him some decent financial security.