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Though he lacks power, Joe Mauer would fit well at first base.
The Red Sox need to find a first baseman, and the Twins want to unload Joe Mauer’s mammoth contract.
Though Mauer is catcher by trade, a shift to being a first baseman will help Mauer stay healthy.
Mauer started at first base 48 times between 2011 and 2012. He could still move behind the plate from time to time, but by playing first base he would limit the wear and tear on his body and be able to be a more productive hitter.
A lifetime .323 hitter with a .405 career OBP, Mauer would provide a significant boost to the Red Sox offense.
Nick Cafardo likes the idea, saying, “The Red Sox passed on the opportunity to claim him on waivers last season, but Mauer would really help them get back to being that good on-base team; he led the league with a .416 on-base percentage.”
Cafardo later added that “If Mauer had not signed that deal, Boston would have been a likely destination for him in free agency. He lives in Fort Myers, Fla., and has always been enamored with the Red Sox.”
It may not take much to land Mauer, but the more Boston offers, the more salary Minnesota would likely absorb. Mauer is still due to make $138 million over the next six seasons.