Sunday, September 4, 2011
Joe Mauer has been hurt a lot this season. Unfortunately, even when he's been healthy his production has still been well below his typical Mauerian standards. He is the highest-paid player on the roster, and he will make bazillions more in endorsements, even though he has been worth only about $6.4 million according to Fangraphs. People are frustrated and disappointed, and understandably so. Still, it makes no sense for the front office to force a player who is owed $23 million a season over the next seven seasons to play through injuries now, when they have nothing left to play for but a top-five pick in next year's draft. If they wish to gamble with the long-term health of someone like Michael Cuddyer, who might not even be a Twin beyond this season, well, that's their prerogative.