Joe Mauer switching positions, becoming first baseman [UPDATE]

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Joe Mauer's season-ending August concussion fueled speculation he might switch from catcher to first base in time for the 2014 season, during which he'll be 31 years old.

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Today, the Twins made it official: Mauer's days getting beat up behind the plate are through. Next year, he'll be the Twins' full-time first baseman.

From Fox 9's Seth Kaplan:
-- Seth Kaplan (@Seth_Kaplan) November 11, 2013 Today's announcement also means it appears extremely unlikely the Twins will pursue a rumored reunion with free agent first baseman Justin Morneau.

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ESPN 1500's Phil Mackey tweeted out reaction to today's news from Terry Ryan and Mauer himself: -- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at [email protected]