Interestingly enough, rather than sign him as the team's catcher, Edes recommends landing the Minnesota-born Mauer and use him at first base in place of the departed Adrian Gonzalez:
[FONT=Verdana]When the Red Sox go to Nashville on Sunday for baseball's winter meetings, they should vow to return home with [/FONT]Joe Mauer[FONT=Verdana] as their new first baseman. Mike Napoli's visit to Boston last weekend suggests the Sox are considering lesser alternatives, but whatever reservations they have about making a long-term, expensive financial commitment to a player in the aftermath of the [/FONT]Carl Crawford[FONT=Verdana] and [/FONT]Adrian Gonzalez[FONT=Verdana] signings, here's my suggestion: Get over it.[/FONT]
Edes then prattles off some statistics that we all have come to know, love and embrace while not for one minute consider booing the owner of the following metrics:
[FONT=Verdana]Mauer has much greater value, of course, as a catcher, where offensive numbers like his are rarely found. But his performance plays at any position: His .323 career batting average is second among active players (minimum 1,000 plate appearances), just two percentage points behind Albert Pujols' .325.[/FONT][FONT=Verdana]He is fifth in on-base percentage (.405), and fifth in strikeouts-to-walks rate (.856). He led the American League with a .416 on-base percentage in 2012, and ranked 10th among all hitters in Bill James' Win Shares, with 25. The one knock on him is his lack of power; he hit 28 home runs in 2009, one of only two seasons in which he had a slugging percentage over .500.[/FONT]
Much like fantasizing what you will do with the Powerball winnings**, mulling over what sort of return you would get from Boston in this sort of deal would be fun but [probably] fruitless, cause it ain't going to happen. But what the hell? What do you think, how would a Mauer-less Twins look for the foreseeable future and what sort of packages from the Sox would you consider to let him go?
(**Just so you know, if any of you do win the Powerball, the fine print when you registered for TwinsDaily.com says that you owe 65% of that to John, Nick, Seth and myself).[/FONT]