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Joe Mauer
Birthdate: 4/19/1983 (33 y, 11 m, 4 d)     Bats/Throws: L/R     Height/Weight: 6-4/215     Position: C
Drafted: 2001 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 1, Overall: 1, Team: Minnesota Twins
Contract: $184M / 8 Years (2011 - 2018)
RotoWire News: Twins manager Paul Molitor would like to reduce Mauer's workload this season to keep him healthier. "I think I overplayed Joe the first half," Molitor told ESPN 1500 AM Twin Cities. "I think it resulted in maybe leading to a potential injury as well as maybe the downslide of performance near the end of the season." (2/20/2017)
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Profile: Mauer showed glimpses that there was still a good player inside a formerly concussed man's body in 2016, even if his final hitting line — .261/.363/.389 — looked like a poor man's John Olerud rather than the Mauer of yore. It was a particularly cruel season in that respect, as Mauer's body gave out on him in Atlanta late in the season while he was attempting to score on a double in mid-August. He screwed up his quadriceps and hit just .154/.267/.256 after that series before basically missing the final two weeks of the season. Before he got hurt, Mauer was hitting a respectable .281/.381/.413. What 2016 proved is that Mauer can still be an effective hitter, but that manager Paul Molitor needs to use him more sparingly. To that end, he's probably not much of a fantasy consideration anymore. Of course, that bridge was crossed after 2013, when he was no longer a catcher and his productivity took a huge hit across the board. It is a shame, as he hit the most home runs he'd hit in a season since his aberrant 2009 MVP campaign and has started to look pretty good defensively at first base, too. There are plenty of options to help curb his playing time in 2017, if Molitor chooses to do so. (@Brandon_Warne)

The Quick Opinion: Mauer will most likely only be viable in the major leagues as a part-timer moving forward — say, 100-120 games — and that just won't work at first base in fantasy leagues.

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