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Pirates “are trying hard to deal” Ryan Doumit

Dec 10, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

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Earlier this week Pittsburgh added Matt Diaz to the outfield mix with a two-year, $4.25 million contract and now Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that the Pirates “are trying hard to deal” Ryan Doumit despite general manager Neal Huntington calling him the team’s starting right fielder just a few days ago.

Doumit made 91 of his 111 starts at catcher this year, but Chris Snyder is slated to start behind the plate in 2011 and Doumit was seemingly set to platoon in right field while serving as his backup.

However, according to Langosch the Pirates are aggressively shopping Doumit and “have made it known to other general managers that the club is willing to eat some of his salary.” He’s owed $5.1 million in 2011 and the Pirates also hold 2012 and 2013 team options for a total of $15.5 million.

Not so long ago Doumit was a very promising young catcher with a big bat, but his shaky defense behind the plate hasn’t been as easy to live with while he hit just .251 with a .728 OPS over the past two seasons. He’s a switch-hitter who’s never had much success versus lefties, but a career line of .272/.336/.461 versus righties could make him a decent option if the Pirates foot around half the bill.

  1. aschwartz2011 - Dec 10, 2010 at 6:47 PM

    Get on the horn Rays.

  2. xpensivewinos - Dec 10, 2010 at 7:35 PM

    I’d rather have this guy than that stiff Russell Martin.

  3. diehardcubbiefan4life - Dec 10, 2010 at 10:57 PM

    This is why the bucs haven’t gotten over the .500 mark in 17 years. Every time they have a core of young players ready to prove themselves, they get rid of all their vets, which puts too much pressure on all the rookies.

    • mtner77 - Dec 11, 2010 at 3:01 PM

      Well, it’s either that or the fact that they have huge stadium debt at PNC park and no money. Got to be one of the two.

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