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Kurt Suzuki stays in Minnesota, signs extension with Twins

Jul 31, 2014, 4:20 PM EDT

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All month the assumption has been that the Twins would either sign Kurt Suzuki to a contract extension or trade the 30-year-old impending free agent in the middle of his career-year.

Minutes after the trade deadline passed Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Minnesota has indeed signed the All-Star catcher to an extension, with Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports saying it’s a two-year deal with a vesting option for 2017.

Signed for $2.75 million this offseason, Suzuki made his first All-Star team on the way to hitting .304 with a .753 OPS in 89 games. Of course, the reason he was available so cheaply is that Suzuki hit just .237 with a .650 OPS in 477 games from 2010-2013.

UPDATE: Suzuki will get $6 million in both 2015 and 2016 and the 2017 vesting option is for the same amount, so the money is certainly reasonable enough, but for better or worse extending a 30-year-old player in the midst of a career-year instead of cashing him in for prospects is a very Twins-style move.

  1. kander013 - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Yuck.

  2. timberwolvesbrisin - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    You arent watching the games obviously, this isnt a fluke, his low K rate along with his line drive stroke gives him a good approach at the plate.

    • cmpieper - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:46 PM

      Gleeman watches Twins games. He just doesn’t listen to them.

    • Bryz - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:52 PM

      You obviously haven’t watched Suzuki’s 2010-2013 seasons.

  3. Tim OShenko - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    I have mixed feelings on this one. On the one hand, the extension will almost certainly backfire as Suzuki ages/regresses to his career averages. On the other hand, the Twins likely weren’t going to get any decent prospects for him anyway. On the third hand, the Twins don’t really have any other decent options at catcher at the moment, so it’s not like he’s blocking anyone.

    Really, it’s not a signing worthy of outrage, and it kind of makes sense in a “well, what else were they gonna do” way.

  4. nawlinssaints1956 - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Quit whining people! Catcher is the one position in the organization where the Twins have no depth. Kurt has established himself as a leader in the clubhouse, something Joe Mauer has yet to figure out…

  5. JB (the original) - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Yup, basically they backed themselves into this corner. Ryan and Gardie, just like Stan and Ollie.

  6. tmc602014 - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    So Suzuki isn’t Johnny Bench. Even the Twins can afford $6 mil. Mauer can find that in his sofa cushions…

  7. twinfan24 - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    I think this may have had more to do with how he is dealing with the pitchers and the fact some pitchers made it known they didn’t like Pinto catching. Sure, career hitting numbers this year that he won’t likely replicate. But, if he can just not fall off a cliff with the bat, while staying solid defensively and work with the young pitchers the Twins have coming up the next couple of seasons, I think the Twins will be happy with the deal.

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