Most of you know a few things about Joe Mauer. He was selected #1 overall in front of Mark Prior. He leads the majors in hitting at .367. But what you might have forgot or might not have even known, is what else Mauer brought to the Twins.
A great article in this week's SI tells how Mauer was deemed major league-ready by the Twins in '03. That allowed them to trade A.J. Pierzynski to the Giants. They received pitcher Boof Bonser who has been doing a little yo-yo between the big club and the minors. Still a decent prospect. But they also received stud closer Joe Nathan and ROY candidate Francisco Liriano.
So not only is Mauer the best hitter in baseball, his arrival allowed the Twins to obtain those 3 players, 2 of which are all-stars.
Mark Prior won his 1st game of 2006 last week.
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