The Minnesota Twins have a very solid catcher who has been a great player for them since he came up. Joe Mauer has won three Gold Gloves at the position and is also one of the best, if not the best offensive catcher in the game today.
However, there is one downside to his game. Because he is an everyday receiver, he tends to get injured quite a bit. Over recent seasons, he has suffered from some health issues so it was decided that he needed to make a permanent move to first base. The Twins made the right call. Mauer is the face of the franchise and the heart of the lineup ,so they can’t afford to have him out for any period of time.
As well, this move will prolong Mauer’s career and could very easily improve his quality of life down the line after his playing days. This does pose a problem for the Twins, however, as it now leaves them without a solid, everyday catcher.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia is still very available on the free agent market and may be the best catcher left in the pool. He has opened a lot of eyes with his defensive abilities and how pitching staffs seem to trust his game-calling. He has always been able to hit, and that combination makes him a very good addition to any team.
The Boston Red Sox would love to have him back, but may not give him the years that he is looking for. It is possible that a small-market team like the Twins might have enough resources to make one big splash in acquiring a free agent, and Saltalamacchia might be it. He is younger than other catchers out there, is solid all around and can be a good influence for any team.
If Boston wants to keep Saltalamacchia, they might want to work quickly. Minnesota could sneak in there and take him away while no one is noticing.