- Paul Swydan, ESPN Insider
As we look to a new year, we also look to those players getting fresh starts. Some have a new team to thank for their fresh starts, others a change in position or role. But no matter the circumstances, there are plenty of players who are approaching this season with a renewed sense of optimism. Prince Fielder and Mark Trumbo are obvious choices, but let's dig a little deeper, shall we?
Here are 10 players who will benefit the most from some sort of change of scenery.
It's not often that Mauer crosses the 600-plate-appearance threshold in a single season. In fact, in his nine full major league seasons, he has done so just four times, and he turned that trick only once in the past four seasons. Even in their best shape, catchers need some rest (non-Yadier Molina division), and Mauer was hardly in the best shape the past couple of years. That is why the move to first base should do his body good.
Mauer was outstanding at the plate last season, but he tallied just 105 plate appearances after the All-Star break due to his concussion in August. He probably can't repeat his .383 BABIP this season, but more plate appearances from Mauer will be a boon for the Twins, who need all the help they can get.
Paul Swydan looks at the 10 players whose stats will benefit the most from a change of scenery this year.