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Kurt Suzuki’s contract extension talks with the Twins didn’t get very far

Jul 21, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

Kurt Suzuki Twins AP

After four terrible seasons Kurt Suzuki had to settle for a one-year, $2.75 million deal this offseason, but now he’s having a career-year for the Twins and made his first All-Star team at age 30.

Not surprisingly the Twins thought a contract extension was a topic worth broaching with Suzuki, but Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press says those talks didn’t go very far at all:

According to two people with direct knowledge, the Twins and Dan Lozano, Suzuki’s agent, had exploratory talks about extending the catcher’s expiring contract. Establishing fair contract parameters, however, appears to be a challenge as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches.

Armed with a combined on-base/slugging percentage of .753 — 62 points higher than his career rate — Suzuki must weigh the security of putting down roots in the Twin Cities after being traded in August the past two seasons. If Suzuki can maintain his offensive resurgence for another couple of months, he could cash in this winter on his second pass through the free-agent market.

This season Suzuki is hitting .305 with a .753 OPS in 82 games.

Last season Suzuki hit .232 with a .627 OPS in 94 games.

Combined during the previous four seasons Suzuki hit .237 with a .650 OPS in 477 games.

It’s definitely possible that Suzuki will cash in big as a free agent following the season, since decent-hitting catchers are forever tough to find and his defensive reputation has always been very good, but it’s also hard to blame the Twins for not wanting to break the bank on a 30-year-old having a career-year after looking washed up for 500 games.

And if extension talks continue to go nowhere, the Twins may look to shop Suzuki before July 31.

  1. rawdog2013 - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Don’t do it – signed A’s fan
    One year at the most
    Props to him for having a good year, but beware.

  2. NatsLady - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    I don’t know where this Suzuki was when he was with the Nats. Either he got tired playing almost every day when Ramos was injured, or, when Ramos returned, he didn’t like playing second fiddle. Hard to figure.

    • jazynaz - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:08 AM

      …and before that, with the A’s! A’s fan here; he’s not at all a good risk for signing a big $$$ contract, no matter what Mr. Lozano says! sorry kurt, we loved you in oakland, but the bat was not your friend!

  3. twinfan24 - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    The last time the Twins signed a catcher to an extension after a career year, it cost them a lot because of the career year, and the guy isn’t catching anymore. Actually, he’s on the DL right now and not even playing. Not that Suzuki would require that type of contract, but don’t go long on someone after a career year.

  4. dcbear90 - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    The last 4 years? Forget about those. I should be paid based off what I’ve done this year!!

    Right

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