Joe Mauer Position Change: 10 Catchers the Twins Could Go After to Let Him Move

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Joe Mauer Position Change: 10 Catchers the Twins Could Go After to Let Him Move
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Joe Mauer is making 23 million dollars this year and he has only played in 9 games. He hasn't seen the field since April 12th, and although he loves the catcher position, a 23 million dollar salary is a whole lot of money to pay somebody just to warm the bench. In his eight seasons so far, Mauer has only managed to avoid a major injury in three of them, not a good number for Twins fans. With seven more years to go at 23 million dollars a season, the Twins have to at least find a way to keep him on the field.

It's been pointed out that Joe instantly becomes an over-paid athlete if he plays any other position, but overpaying him has to outweigh paying him all of that money just to rehab in Fort Meyers.

Mauer is a whopping 6'5 and 235 lbs, making him the biggest catcher in the game today, maybe ever. It's more rare to see a player of his build behind the plate because it's harder for taller players to meet the physical demands of the position, and Joe's extensive DL history proves that he's no exception.

Since he's such an amazing athlete, Mauer could handle almost any position on the field and handle it well. There are definitely ways that the Twins could shuffle things around, but there are some reasonable trades possibilities that might benefit the Twins more than just scrambling the lineup a bit.

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