Hypothetical: Would you have traded Joe Mauer for Fielder or Kinsler?
If Mauer would have been willing to waive his no trade clause, would you have traded him for Kinsler of Fielder?
With such an odd trade that involves so much money, and with Mauer moving to first base I think it's an interesting question that puts Mauer's value and contract into perspective, especially for those that are so critical of him.
My answer would be no for both. Even as a 1B, where so many argue his bat isn't as strong relatively and his contract loses value, I still would not have wanted Kinsler or Fielder for him, even if Fielder returns to previous form for a year or two and Kinsler plays a harder position to fill. Mauer's still going to provide more value than either one I think, over the course of the rest of his contract.
What would you have done?