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ORLANDO — When the Twins announced Monday that they will switch Joe Mauer to first base in an effort to avoid the concussions he has sustained while catching, it had to be music to Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s ears.
Just another team that could be in the mix now for the free agent catcher. And the Twins are interested, according to a team source.
The Red Sox did not make him a qualifying offer, so he will be out there in the open market, with no compensation needed to sign him. This is no small fact. Teams such as the Twins know they don’t have to forfeit a draft pick to sign him.
Why it hasn’t worked out with the Red Sox is anyone’s guess.