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Joe Mauer

Ever since his monstrous 2009 season was followed by four years of fundamentally sound yet lower-powered hitting, the question has lingered: How would Joe Mauer fare standing at the plate without all the wear and tear from nine innings of squatting behind it? While the productivity the Twins got from him in 2013 was strong — .324/.404/.476, with an OPS that would've ranked third in the AL among first basemen if he spent the majority of his season there — his post-concussion move to first takes away some of that "league's best player at his position" luster. But assuming his concussion symptoms have receded as much as we all hope, it's hard not to think back to that other hitting-scientist franchise player the Twins moved to first from a defensive-minded position where strong hitting was at a higher premium. We all know how Rod Carew's age-31 season turned out — a legendary flirtation with .400, an MVP award, and the clearest case for his Hall of Fame future. At the same age, Joe stands a good shot at making history repeat itself in the best way.

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