Chart: Twins' gains when Mauer catches
- February 8, 2014 - 5:03 PM
What Joe Mauer’s move to first base means to the Twins:
Clears logjam at DH: With Mauer at first and Ryan Doumit traded to Atlanta, space is cleared for an everyday DH, presumably Josh Willingham.
Creates need at catcher: Rookie Josmil Pinto is projected as Mauer’s eventual successor, and free agent Kurt Suzuki was signed in the offseason.
Projects to more offense: More playing time for Mauer (lifetime .323 batting average, .405 on-base percentage) figures to translate to more runs for the Twins.
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