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Ryan Doumit may sign contract within next few days

Nov 12, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

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According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, Ryan Doumit‘s agent Paul Cobbe said his client received two new offers today and could sign a contract in the next few days.

The Pirates declined 2012 and 2013 options on Doumit late last month totaling $15.5 million. Crasnick reported earlier this week that the 30-year-old has already received multiple contract offers and expects to sign by the end of the month.

Doumit was limited to just 77 games this season due to a left ankle injury, but batted .303/.353/.477 with with eight homers, 30 RBI and an .830 OPS over 236 plate appearances. The switch-hitter has a .777 OPS over seven seasons in the big leagues. While he is regarded as a poor defender behind the plate, Doumit also has experience playing first base and right field.

Crasnick notes that Doumit is drawing more interest from American League teams, which makes sense considering that the presence of the designated hitter would make him a less of a liability defensively and give him a better chance to remain healthy, but Cobbe said he also received an offer from an unspecified National League team today.

  1. randomdigits - Nov 12, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Doumit averages 26 runs below average per 120 games due to a lack of pitch framing ability alone. He could make sense as an everyday DH/1B/Backup Catcher but he definitely should not be catching every day.

  2. Jeremiah Graves - Nov 12, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    I think he makes perfect sense (at the right price) for the Twins. They’ve got questions marks in RF, at 1B, at DH and are in need of a backup catcher. If they can afford him, he is pretty much a perfect fit.

  3. sknut - Nov 12, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    @Graves that’s what I was thinking too. but I also wonder if Pluffe will be that guy as well.

    • Jeremiah Graves - Nov 12, 2011 at 10:35 PM

      Given the Twins injury woes last year, the more the merrier, right?! Plus Plouffe can play more of the infield where Doumit doesn’t do us a lot of good.

      I had Doumit and Carroll very high on my free agent position players to target because of their anticipated price, offensive prowess and positional flexibility. I think the Twins are going to spend a lot of next year trying out Parmlee/Plouffe/Hughes to see where they fit, so having guys who are equally adaptable but more proven offensively (ie: Carroll & Doumit) makes a lot of sense.

  4. sknut - Nov 12, 2011 at 11:21 PM

    that’s a good point. Doumit would be an o upgrade and that is something the twinkies could use.

    • florida76 - Nov 13, 2011 at 7:14 AM

      Hate to break the news to Twins fans out there, but Doumit doesn’t offer the positional flexibility you’re hoping for. Has a good bat, but is a huge defensive liability at 1B and in the outfield. Guy is a mediocre catcher, best suited to a backup role at that position. DH is where Doumit should be getting most of his at bats.

  5. stairwayto7 - Nov 13, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Twins, A’s Mariners or Yanks.

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