The rumors of Joe Mauer moving to first base aren’t exactly new, as it’s an idea the Minnesota Twins have been toying with for a few years. But that’s all it was – an idea.
That changed today when the Twins announced that they’ll be moving Mauer from catcher to first base, effective immediately for the 2014 season:
Mauer moving to first base full time,
#mntwins announce. Wow.
It was a move that was all but inevitable, though, became expedited when the backstop had to deal with yet another concussion this past season.
The Twins have Mauer under contract through the 2018 season, so the team obviously didn’t want to play out the final four seasons of his contract with him constantly injured, a fear that was becoming more and more realistic as the oft-injured Mauer just couldn’t stay healthy behind the dish.
It’s certainly a blow to the Twins offense as much of Mauer’s value came from his offensive numbers as a catcher, but now hopefully they’ll be able to keep the talented hitter on the field and healthy.