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MINNEAPOLIS -- Joe Mauer will move from catcher to first base on a full-time basis for the Minnesota Twins, hoping to avoid a repeat of the concussion that cut short his 2013 season. D.J. Reader Jersey . The Twins announced the switch on Monday for the 30-year-old Mauer, who missed the last six weeks of the schedule recovering from his head injury. He took a foul tip off the mask on Aug. 19. During a conference call with reporters, Mauer said hes feeling fine and symptom-free, having begun his off-season workouts. The sensitivity to light and noise, irritable moods and headaches lingered into October, however, prompting him to seek medical advice from Mayo Clinic doctors and team physicians about the prospect of continuing to play behind the plate. "When I kept gathering information, to be honest with you, it wasnt really even a decision," said Mauer, who is signed through 2018 with $115 million remaining on his contract. "I kept searching to see if it was going to be OK, if it was going to be safe for me to go back there and catch, and I just wasnt finding that." He added: "All it could take is one foul tip in pitchers batting practice, and Im out for two or three months or even more." Twins general manager Terry Ryan said the organization wouldve supported whatever Mauer decided was best, even if he felt he could keep playing the position with the most inherent injury risk of anywhere on the field. "Im happy that hes chosen to make the transition, but had he decided that he wanted to catch Im not sure that anybody was going to stand in his way," Ryan said. Ryan, who traded Mauers close friend, first baseman Justin Morneau, a couple of weeks after Mauer was hurt, acknowledged this move makes the potential pursuit of Morneau in free agency improbable. Mauer won the Silver Slugger award for American League catchers this year after batting .324 with 11 home runs and 47 RBIs in 113 games. Taken by the Twins, his hometown team, with the first pick in the 2001 draft and given the job as a 20-year-old to start the 2004 season, Mauer has been the catcher in 920 games. "I really enjoy going out there and competing, and Im thankful still be able to do that. ... But its frustrating it had to end sooner than I anticipated," he said. Mauer has three Gold Gloves, three batting titles, six All-Star game selections and the 2009 AL MVP award as a catcher. Can he amass similar accolades at a position crowded with top hitters is to be seen. As for the effect on the value of his $23 million annual salary, his rotisserie league worth or his Hall of Fame credentials, well, Mauer predictably said hes not worried about any of that. First theres his family, including wife Maddie and twin infant girls Emily and Maren. Then theres the Twins, who are better off with a healthy Mauer at first base than with an injured Mauer at catcher. The men behind the mask took quite a beating around the majors this season, with Detroits Alex Avila, Oaklands John Jaso and Kansas Citys Salvador Perez all missing time due to concussions. "I had one when I was younger, but I probably had several that went undiagnosed. Youre just kind of wired to play through it," Mauer said. Mauer said he sustained "two significant blows" to his head that mid-August afternoon, a makeup game against the New York Mets from April rendered meaningless with both teams buried in the playoff race. With problems with his back and legs behind him, Mauer had been feeling as fit and strong as ever the last two years. "We wouldnt be having this conversation if I didnt have that concussion," he said. Former Twins catcher A.J. Pierzynski is among the veteran free agents available this winter, but Ryan said his priority is starting pitching. Josmil Pinto showed some potential after Mauer was out, and Ryan Doumit has plenty of experience. Other options are Chris Herrmann and Eric Fryer. Mauer has played 56 games at first base in his career, committing four errors in 536 chances for a sparkling .993 fielding percentage. The natural athleticism that made him a standout point guard and quarterback in high school serves him well anywhere on the baseball field, and he ought to be able to pick up defensively where Morneau left off. Where Mauer cant match Morneau is with raw power, long widely considered the most important asset at first base, but Mauer has a career .873 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, 20th among all active players regardless of position. With increased availability and fresher legs, he could easily recalibrate his annual average of roughly 10 home runs. Mauer spoke with Morneau shortly before he addressed the media. "He was a catcher way back in the day, and he said, Youre going to be amazed at how much better you feel," Mauer said. "Im looking forward to that." Jay Prosch Jersey . -- The Sacramento Kings and guard Jimmer Fredette have completed a buyout of his contract, clearing the way for the former BYU sensation to become a free agent. Stephen Anderson Jersey . The Toronto Maple Leafs forward and Nashville Predators goaltender highlighted Mondays waiver transactions, with Calgarys Chuck Kobasew and Edmontons Philip Larsen also being placed on waivers.The Toronto Raptors are Atlantic Division champions, but there is still playoff positioning at stake Sunday afternoon when they visit The Palace of Auburn Hills to meet the Detroit Pistons. Catch the game on TSN and TSN Radio 1050 in Toronto starting at 3:30pm et/12:30pm pt. The Raptors clinched the franchises second Atlantic Division title, despite a home loss to the New York Knicks on Friday night. When the Brooklyn Nets lost to the Atlanta Hawks the same night, the Raptors sealed up the division for the first time since the 2006-07 season. "Were still anxious," said DeMar DeRozan. "We still want more. Were not satisfied with nothing. We understand we have much more basketball to play and a long road to go and we want to take advantage of it, not just get there and say we got there, where people doubted us. We definitely feel like we can go in and make some noise." Toronto fell a game behind the Chicago Bulls in pursuit of the third seed in the Eastern Conference. If the Raptors are victorious today they will tie the franchise record for wins in a season. They won 47 games in 2000-01 and matched that in 2006-07. DeRozan paced the Raptors with 26 points against the Knicks. Kyle Lowry tallied 25 and Jonas Valanciunas ddropped in 14 points with a career-high 21 rebounds. Arian Foster Jersey. "It sucks that we lost the game, but it feels great to win the division," said DeRozan. The Pistons have lost two straight since a two-game winning streak. On Friday, Detroit blew an 18-point halftime lead and fell, 106-98, to the Bulls at the United Center. "You play the Bulls, and especially in this building, you know its going to be a 48-minute war," Pistons coach John Loyer said. "Whether youre up 18 or down whatever, youre going to have to come in here and compete. That team competes on every possession. You cant take your foot off the pedal for a second." Andre Drummond registered 26 points and 26 rebounds for the Pistons. He matched a career-high with the 26 rebounds after he grabbed that many in a March game against the Knicks. Rodney Stuckey added 22 points in defeat, while Brandon Jennings netted 17 and Peyton Siva chipped in 12 off the bench. Detroit will close the regular season Wednesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Raptors have won both matchups this season, although both contests were in Toronto. 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