Joe Mauer is doing his usual thing at the plate, hitting .312 with a league-leading .406 on-base percentage and limited power, but the Twins catcher has thrown out just 12 percent of stolen base attempts after coming into the season with a career rate of 35 percent.
Parker Hageman of Twins Daily broke down the video and the numbers to examine what’s going on with the three-time Gold Glove winner:
What has happened to Joe Mauer’s defense?
The Indians have signed free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal. The pact is pending a physical.
Cabrera, 33, went unsigned this past offseason after putting up a season of .285/.324/.423 with 17 homers and 85 RBI with the White Sox and the Royals.
Cabrera will report to Columbus once he passes his physical and, according to Paul Hoynes, there are no guarantees being made to him that he’ll get playing time. That said, the Indians aren’t getting much outfield production from anyone besides Michael Brantley, and Cabrera’s status as a switch hitter would give Terry Francona some flexibility, so it would not be shocking to see him on the big club after some reps in the minors.