When the Twins signed Joe Mauer to his 8-year, $148 million deal, it was assumed that Mauer would eventually be moving to first base. It seems unlikely that anyone in the Twins organization thought it'd be happening this soon, but the team is announcing that Mauer will make the move after talking with the team's doctors and doctors at the Mayo Clinic.
As sudden as the move may seem, the Twins have been gradually easing Mauer away from catching for awhile. Since his injury-riddled 2011 season, he's been making less appearances behind the plate, starting just 73 games there this season and 72 games in 2012. After making 30 starts at first base in 2012, he made just 8 starts there this year and DHed 29 times. The last time Mauer started 100+ games at catcher was 2010, before his knee issues started to pop up.no comments