Fantasy Baseball: Is Joe Mauer Worth the Gamble?

Kyle SkovCorrespondent IIJune 19, 2011

Fantasy Baseball: Is Joe Mauer Worth the Gamble?

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 07:  Joe Mauer #7 of the Minnesota Twins against New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 7, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    Joe Mauer is fresh off the disabled list. He played his first game since mid-April on Friday June 17th.

    I have contemplated trading for arguably the best catcher in the game in Joe Mauer. But Mauer has questions about his surgically repaired knee.

    This is something to be worried about for the Minnesota Twins because he is a catcher and the strength not being there in his knees is a very bad problem.

    For a fantasy baseball team, the knee problems translate to other questions and problems.

    Is Joe Mauer a gamble? Do the pros outweigh the cons?

Cons

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    How many Home Run celebrations will Mauer have this season?
    How many Home Run celebrations will Mauer have this season?Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

    If this were the 2009 season, Joe Mauer would be a default in any team. People would be trying to figure out a trade to acquire him—maybe a solid starter and a good power hitter to get the well-rounded Mauer. Yeah, that sounds about right.

    Click and wait to see if your opponent accepts the trade.

    Unfortunately it is not 2009 and odds are he is not going to finish with 28 home runs and a .356 batting average.

    His knees make it more likely that his power numbers and RBI will be down.

    His stats this season will more likely be like the 2010 season where he only hit nine home runs with a batting avg of .327.

    The lower home run totals should also bring down his RBI total.

    Mauer’s RBI total dropped from 96 to 75 from 2009 to 2010.

    Away from the power production, his surgically repaired knee is an issue for fantasy managers.

    Will Mauer be on and off the disabled list? If traded for, will he be playing enough and get enough at bats to make him worthwhile?

Pros

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    ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 13:  American League All-Star Joe Mauer #7 of the Minnesota Twins swings the bat during the 81st MLB All-Star Game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 13, 2010 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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    Joe Mauer is one of the most consistent hitters in the game. A down year for Mauer is a .293 avg like he had in 2007.

    Mauer can get in a groove that makes it seem like he is seeing the baseball as a beach ball. He puts a great stroke on the ball and consistently gets on base.

    His ability to get hits and get on base makes him a valuable player even in an off year.

    Currently, Mauer is only hitting .220 but that number is certain to rise.

    His 2007 .293 avg was his worst in his seven year career.

    Mauer’s on base percentage and batting average make him less of a gamble than a lot of people might try to make their opposition believe.

    If the questions about the disabled list do not deter you then he is worthwhile to get.

    Mauer will reward your good faith with solid fantasy production all season long.