I still say the best move on Mauer is trade him to the Red Sox. He could be a Cuddyer-level RF for the next ten years, batting .350 and banging 80+ doubles off the Green Monster until he can't waive a stick anymore. All those warning track shots that are being caught in left field today would bounce off that wall in Boston for singles and doubles. Plus, if he ever does learn to pull and elevate inside pitches - which he would get a lot more of - Mauer might just develop into a decent home run threat.
None of that will happen here, because the left field wall is too far away. Twins could move Mauer to RF, but then where do you put legitimate power hitter Arcia?
I've often thought this too. Or Colorado. I still think Mauer will recover. He's a 3-time MLB batting champion. It's not up to chance. He's a smart hitter. And I think he'll rebound to produce some .300+ seasons yet. But he is who he is as a player. He might squeek into that 12-15 HR range, but that's probably it. In Colorado, where Cuddyer has hit .315 for his career (.292 at the Metrodome, .282 at Target Field) and and Morneau has hit .318 at Coors (274 at Metrodome, .279 at Target Field) - I believe Mauer could thrive.
Incidently, Mauer's numbers at both Colorado and Boston vs the Metrodome and Target Field:
Target Field: .314/.393/.415
He only has 9 ABs at Colorado....
at Tropicana Field he has .406/.508/.594 in 130 PAs.
at Anaheim he has a .364/.432/.534 statline in 132 PAs.
So maybe warmer weather is where Joe needs to be. I can understand that sentiment, as I'm a MN transplant to Texas.