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The Twins agree to two-year deal with Ryan Doumit

Jun 29, 2012, 4:05 PM EDT

Ryan Doumit

UPDATE: MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports that it’s a two-year, $7 million extension through 2014.

4:05 PM: It was everything I could do to not append my usual “for some reason” to the end of that headline. But I’m trying to be nicer.  Anyway, Jerry Crasnick reports that the Twins and Doumit are nearing a multi-year deal.

I sort of liked the one-year deal they gave Doumit in the offseason. They didn’t know how much they’d be getting from Joe Mauer and where, so sure, even though Doumit is a terrible defensive catcher, he could be useful.

But multiple years? Eh, not sure I see why they want to do that, or at least why they want to do that now. There are 1B/DH guys with some pop available every winter, so why anyone would want to make that kind of commitment is kind of beyond me. It’s not like the Twins are one moderately-useful bopper away from a pennant, ya know?

Oh well. Doumit is hitting .271/.332/.443 on the year with 7 homers while splittling time between catching and DH. And soon he’ll have better job security than a lot of other should-be journeyman sluggers.

  1. fcmlefty1 - Jun 29, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    “There are 1B/DH guys with some pop available every winter” Thats true, but not too many of those can also give you 50 – 75 games behind the plate if neccesary. Though not much has gone right this season, the management of Doumit and Mauers playing time at various positions is one thing that has worked out just as planned.

    • redguy12588 - Jun 29, 2012 at 4:45 PM

      You’ll be lucky for Doumit to give you 50-75 games behind the plate. I’m a Pirates fan, and Doumit is made of glass.

      • Cris E - Jun 30, 2012 at 12:39 AM

        Made of glass? Maybe. But you want to know what he’s not made of? Butera. In these parts not being made of Butera is like being made of gold.

        He’s been fine for what they’ve needed him to do this year. It’s not a long deal and it’s not a lot of money and he constructively blocks someone who should be scouting or instructing or selling something at this point in his career. This is a perfectly cromulent deal even if they could have saved a couple bucks by doing things differently.

  2. randygnyc - Jun 29, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    The future for Mauer will be at first base if they expect him to survive his contract, let alone perform up to it.

  3. sknut - Jun 29, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    It just depends on the money 2/12 or 3/15 would be ok. Can’t imagine it would be for more than 3 years, they don’t really have any catching depth in the high minors and maybe we can’t stop pretending that
    Drew Butera is a MLB player.

    • kopy - Jun 29, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      Exactly. The move seems kind of strange on the surface, but it entirely depends on the monetary commitment. Maybe Doumit decided he likes it here and wants to stay. The baseball sucks, but it’s fishing season.

  4. randygnyc - Jun 29, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    I live in NYC, root for the Yankees, but spend my summers in Minnesota, watching the twins and fishing for Muskies. Went to Wednesday’s game they lost to the white sox. What an ugly game. This whole organization needs some serious changes.

  5. fcmlefty1 - Jun 29, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    2 years, 7 million is now being reported. Very fair deal for both sides.

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