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Pirates haven’t been able to trade Ryan Doumit and his $5.1 million salary

Feb 14, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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Back in December the Pirates were said to be “trying hard to deal” Ryan Doumit, but Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that those efforts proved unsuccessful “even when offering to swallow a big chunk of his salary.”

Doumit will make $5.1 million in the final season of a three-year contract extension signed in December of 2008 and he’s slated for a part-time role following the offseason additions of Matt Diaz and Lyle Overbay.

Biertempfel notes that Doumit has been a vocal critic of the Pirates trading veterans in the past and hints that the catcher/outfielder could become a problem if he’s unhappy with a spot on the bench. He batted just .251 with a .738 OPS in a full-time role last season, but the switch-hitter would be most useful as a platoon starter versus right-handed pitching, against whom he’s hit .285 with an .812 OPS since 2008.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Feb 14, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the Twins and Red Sox make a lot of sense here, especially if Pittsburgh is willing to eat a bunch of the remaining money on that deal.

    The Twins are running Drew Butera out there as Mauer’s backup and given Mauer’s propensity for injuries, it’d be nice to have a reliable–albeit mostly with the bat and not the glove–backup waiting in the wings.

    In Boston, they’re looking at Varitek and Salty. I’m not totally down on Salty as an everyday player yet, he’s still pretty danged young to be considered a washout at this point, but adding another option couldn’t hurt a team that’s largely expected to be in contention for the World Series.

  2. bigtrav425 - Feb 14, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Id take him in Cleveland

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