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The Braves trade for Ryan Doumit

Dec 18, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

This is pretty unexpected:

Rosenthal reports that the Braves are sending back lefty Sean Gilmartin.

Doumit, a catcher and outfielder who does neither of those things at all well but who has been known to hit a little, wouldn’t seem to have much of a place in the Braves’ lineup. Evan Gattis — who is like a baby Ryan Doumit when you think about it — is catching and the outfield is covered with the Uptons and Heyward. Gerald Laird is the backup catcher. They don’t have a DH, obviously. All I can think is that Fredi Gonzalez could use Doumit like they used Gattis last year: in left field if and when B.J. Upton stinks.

As it is, Doumit hit .247/.314/.396 for the Twins last season. In the three seasons before that, however, he hit ..272/.331/.444. And it’s not like Target Field killed him. He was basically the same player on the road as he was at home. He makes $3.5 million this year.

Gilmartin is 23 and does not appear to be much of a prospect, posting a combined record 12-20 with a 4.23 ERA in 53 minor league starts over three seasons.

  1. spudchukar - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    If Doumit only plays when B. J. Upton stinks, he better prepare for a lot of playing time. I happen to believe this is a wise deal. The Gattis/Laird due behind the dish isn’t ideal, and Doumit offers a lefty option, and his versatility as C/OF, and switch-hitter gives the Braves flexibility.

    • spudchukar - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      ..UH..duo, not due.

  2. StottsEra - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    “All I can think is that Fredi Garcia could use Doumit like they used Gattis last year: in left field if and when B.J. Upton stinks.”

    the sad part is i think Fredi Garcia is probably a better manager than Gonzalez

  3. plmathfoto - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Not sure why Minnesota makes this deal either, especially after moving Mauer to first base

    • hansob - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      salary dump. $3.5M.

      • dluxxx - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:59 PM

        Yeah, how else are they gonna get the extra money for Arroyo?

    • Bryz - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:06 PM

      It sounds like after signing Jason Kubel, they (and he) both expect him to make the roster. This made Doumit a redundant player, even in spite of his ability to play catcher.

      • dluxxx - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:16 PM

        You forgot to put quotation marks around “ability.”

      • spudchukar - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:36 PM

        Which Mauer affords them after his move to first.

      • Bryz - Dec 18, 2013 at 6:53 PM

        @ dluxxx: I knew a comment like that was coming. I would have said it myself except I didn’t want to use a parenthetical twice in the same comment.

    • albertmn - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:31 PM

      Doumit had some catcher related concussion issues last year, just like Mauer. He isn’t anything special as a fielder (possibly understatement), didn’t hit great last year, and likely wasn’t going to catch that much in 2014 anyway. Might as well dump the salary, and play the young guys. Expect to see a lot of Josmil Pinto behind the plate, with either Herrmann or Fryer as the backup catcher (both of whom can play a little OF).

  4. xdj511 - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Oh no Craig, you didn’t get the name of the manager on your favorite team wrong, did you?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      I actually do that quite a bit.

  5. raybrower - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    You can play Doumit at catcher. You can also eat a dozen raw eggs. Just because something can be done doesn’t mean it won’t make you want to throw up.

  6. wpjohnson - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Wren continues to outdo himself- Uggla, the Uptons, Floyd, and now a meaningless Doumit. Each time you think Wren can’t do any worse, he trumps himself. Can the Braves trade Wren for a bean burrito expert at Taco Bell? How much cash would the Braves have to include?

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:06 PM

      This comment is ridiculous. Frank Wren is a perfectly good general manager. They all make mistakes from time to time and he is no different, but overall I’m very happy with the job he’s done.

  7. dluxxx - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    I actually kinda like “Doughnit”. I’ll miss the guy. I have no idea whatsoever what the Twins are doing this offseason. I think this explains it all…

    http://www.twinkietown.com/2013/12/13/5204530/twins-active-offseason-credited-to-gerry-ryan-terry-ryans-identical

    Terry must be back in town.

  8. bravess23 - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    I still had faith in Gilmartin, unjustifiably, although He won’t be where I thought he might… and he once was a prospect a high prospect, can’t stay healthy and coming off a bad year where he was unhealthy… and I can see a lot of Pitchers in the Braves system have passed him up

  9. benrob99 - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Ryan No-Mitt!!!

  10. bravess23 - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    To think about it though Gilmartin is a bust

  11. undeadjesus - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    As a Twins fan, what’s not to like about this deal? Doumit doesn’t fit anymore and they get a young arm in return. They just brought back Kubel too, so basically they swapped Doumit for Gilmartin and Kubel. I’ll take it.

    Only thing I’ll really miss about Doumit is his walk-up music, the riff from Danzig’s “Mother”, hah

  12. jkaflagg - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Considering how Gattis was exposed in the OF last season, seems odd to add a similar player…..perhaps they’re thinking of flipping him for another piece…..

    • bolweevils2 - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      I don’t know if Doumit has enough trade value, given his salary is $3.5M, to make the idea of trading for him to flip him worthwhile. Can you get anything more for Doumit than you could have by just trading Gilmartin directly?

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