If you are a fan of Joe Mauer…
…Which we all are. Except those that believe Brian McCann is better than Mauer
This may not be the most inspiring of news, via BP:
Mauer is expected to be activated on Friday. At 6-foot-5 and 220
pounds, he’s not too much like the 6-foot, 180-pound Kendall. However,
as we remarked in BP2K9
this year, they do have one thing in common: through his age-25 season
(i.e. last year), Mauer has hit .317/.399/.457. Through his age-25
season, Jason Kendall batted .312/.399/.451. Kendall had caught 490
games to that point; Mauer, coming up a year younger, has caught 498.
The Twins have been more careful with their catcher’s workload than the
Pirates ever were with Kendall’s, but even so, the games pile up, and
both he and the club had best hope that the slide was peculiar to
Kendall and not something that comes unbidden with the job requirements
of being a top young catcher.
Joe Mauer is not Jason Kendall, simply similar in body-type, and performance. Yet if I am a Twins fan, this is something I don’t want to read. Mauer is supposed the be the savior this season, and joe is already the face of the franchise, the best player on the team.
Not to mention, if the organization is going to lock one of their players up long term, for big-time money. This is going to be the guy. He is from Minnesota, he is great, and the fans love him.
The only thing that should disrupt any negotiations is the question of Mauer’s durability (or the Twins wanting to trade him for financial reasons).
And this doesn’t exactly help his case.