None of the free agents stand out, but Aoki could arguably be added to your squad. Will we see a playoff caliver team in MN in the next 5-6 years. We know these guys are all rich, and we don't begrudge them for it, but we don't *have* to know exactly to the run how many wins they should be producing to justify their contracts.

(Mike Gianella) is a hall of fame player and will go down as one of the top five catchers of all time or Joe Mauer is an overhyped, overpaid, injury waiting to happen, no power bum. (Sam Miller)Writing this Monday afternoon, and as of now, The Mariners have played 33 games, a half-dozen have played 32, most have played 31 or 30, and then there are the White Sox (29), Mets (28), Indians (28), Royals (27) and Twins (27).

The only Minnesota Twins player to benefit from the 15-inning, 8-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday might just have been first baseman Joe Mauer, who may have hoped the game would’ve continued for another 15 innings.

He reached safely in seven — yes, seven — of his eight plate appearances, finishing 4 of 5 with three walks, two RBI and a run scored.

He was drafted number one overall in the 2001 draft, and made his MLB debut in 2004 as the catcher for the Minnesota Twins. A six-time all-star and three time batting champion, Mauer had the State of Minnesota bowing down to him. His batting average in that eight-year span averaged to about .320.

His best being .365 in 2009, in which he won the American League MVP.

After his outstanding year, the Twins signed Mauer to an eight year, $184 million extension.

Nobody in the state of Minnesota questioned it at the time.Harper had a boring yet successful day at the plate, walking six times (three intentional) while also being hit by a pitch in a 4-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs last May.Maybe Harper should get back to walking instead of throwing helmets at pitchers. B because he was awful in April 2014 (.468 Man, a good question. So simple and just reminds me of the pure hitters I grew up watching (Depends on the format. I'll be honest, I didn't see a lot of the Twins last season, but when I do watch him, the swing just makes me giddy. Paul native, a former number one overall draft pick, the 2009 AL MVP and the only three-time batting champion among catchers, so perhaps it’s not surprising that Target Field, which opened in 2010, was once dubbed “The House That Mauer Built.” (That certainly beats the moniker for the Metrodome, the venue it replaced, which was often called "The Hefty Bag.") That said, neither Mauer's concussion-mandated move from catcher to first base nor the back half of the eight-year, 4 million contract that runs through 2018 has worked out so well, and he's become a symbol for the team's recent underachievement.