For years, the Twins were a money ball team that had a very good track record. Payroll fluctuated in the $50-60M range, yet the team made the playoffs in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, and 2010. That was about the ceiling, as the team made the second round just once in the six appearances. The villain that kept this team from advancing was always the metrodome. If the Twins had a stadium, payroll could go up and we could compete and make a serious run. Or so the through process went.
When I first heard that Mauer was moved to 1st, I was thrilled. Then I started to wonder, why first base?
We have Arcia and Willingham in the corners. Mauer seems to be a better athlete and certainly has a better arm than both.
Sano is at 3B and has been described as a project there. I can't imagine him being a better athlete than Mauer, even at 30. I hear Sano has a good arm, but I am giving Mauer the nod there as well.
I can see Mauer playing 1B when