Rockies consider Lo Duca on minor league deal

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The Rockies are considering signing Paul Lo Duca to a minor league contract, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post.
Such a deal would seem to give Lo Duca nothing more than a chance to prove he can still play. The Rockies would only have room for him on the major league roster if either Chris Iannetta or Miguel Olivo got hurt. The Rockies are short a veteran third catcher, so Lo Duca would be useful to have stashed away in Triple-A.
Lo Duca, 37, last played in the majors in 2008, when he hit .243/.321/.295 in 173 at-bats. He was the Mets’ starting catcher in 2007, and he came in at .272/.311/.378 in 445 at-bats that season.

Twins to retire Joe Mauer’s No. 7

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Twins senior director of communications Dustin Morse announced that the Twins will honor former C/1B Joe Mauer by retiring his uniform number 7. Mauer announced his retirement from baseball on November 9.

Mauer will join Harmon Killebrew (No. 3), Tony Oliva (No. 6), Tom Kelly (No. 10), Kent Hrbek (No. 14), Rod Carew (No. 29), Kirby Pucket (No. 34), and Bert Blyleven (No. 28) as Twins to have their numbers retired.

Mauer, 35, spent 15 seasons in the majors, all with the Twins. He posted a career .306/.388/.439 triple-slash line with 143 home runs and 923 RBI. He won the AL MVP Award in 2009, won the batting title three times, earned three Gold Gloves and five Silver Sluggers, and made the AL All-Star team six times. Sadly, his career was limited due to injuries, including a concussion that caused him to move from catcher to first base.

Five years from now, Mauer will appear on the Hall of Fame ballot. There will certainly be some arguments for and against his candidacy. He retired with 55.1 career Wins Above Replacement, according to Baseball Reference, which definitely puts him in the conversation. But, as always, there’s never a consensus.