Levi, I'll admit I was surprised when I looked at the numbers. We got a combined OPS of like .739 out of C/1B/DH last year. I plugged in some fairly conservative production and playing time projections for this year and ended up with .737 combined. There's some upside in that number, but I thought it would be higher before I started.
Could you flesh out your "conservative projections" of a combined .737 OPS more specifically?
We OPS'd @ .770 from the DH last year (2nd in the League). That number is nearly certain to drop with the combined loss of Mauer's and Morneau's production playing DH, which was close to .850 OPS in 2013. The likely suspects @ DH are coming off of these numbers: Willingham (.577 as a DH), Kubel (.610), Colabello (.631) Parmelee (.663). A 2014 OPS of .700 seems extremely optimistic here.
Our Catcher OPS was .781 in 2013, with Suzuki (.627 OPS) and Fryer (3 years @ AAA OPS of .624) or Chris Hermann (.611 OPS/.565 career OPS) possibly starting out as the catching duo, that number is clearly going to plummet, even if/when Pinto takes over the primary catching role. A combined OPS of .650 seems reasonable, if not generous.
Obviously, Mauer will eclipse Morneau's .741 OPS at First Base, and presumably more likely stay healthy the entire season at that position. Even still, the most optimistic projected OPS for Mauer out there is <.850. Combine that with whomever else gets playing time at First Base and you're looking at a pretty reasonable number closer to .825 OPS.
Consolidating those 3 positions, I get a very generous combined projection of .725 OPS.