03-12-2014, 11:43 AM #1
MLB Trade Rumors: Twins Offseason in Review
Overall assessment seems pretty fair.
I am looking forward to Mauer proving the doubters wrong and putting the "catcher unable to transition" garbage to rest.
03-12-2014, 11:51 AM #2
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Hard to disagree with any of that, actually.Lighten up Francis....
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03-12-2014, 01:41 PM #3
1. Not good enough offensively to stick at a corner OF/1B position.
2. Broken down.
Mauer obviously is good enough offensively to stick anywhere and be an asset, I think his production is actually going to improve a bit, and even if it stays flat, a 140-150 OPS+ will play anywhere.
While Mauer has had his share of injuries, he is hardly "broken down" he is making the move because of a concern re: concussions, not because his knees are shot or legs aren't working. While he will never be a speed threat it should be noted that Mauer even at catcher didn't hurt the Twins on the base-paths as fangraphs is able to back up and he was certainly able to leg out enough doubles over the years.
I think Stark does great work, and I am not dismissing his study, in fact I am a big believer in looking at historical data, though as we have learned over the years, that data helps us predict what will happen with the majority of players (95% of them) its the 1% of them (Mauer) who have played the game who bend the rules."You miss 100% of the shots you don't take"- L. Harvey Oswald
03-12-2014, 10:54 PM #4