Pirates GM: Ryan Doumit Talks Have Quieted

Pirates GM Neal Huntington says that the trade talk surrounding Ryan Doumit has "kind of died" for now, writes Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  This appears to be a recent development, as Huntington confessed just two weeks ago that the club could deal the catcher before Opening Day.

 “Things kind of died, in terms of most conversations, once you get into February,” the GM said. “They (usually) pick back up again the first couple weeks of games. Right now is a very quiet period for most clubs.”

As our own Mark Polishuk recently explained, 2011 is a make or break year for Doumit.  The Pirates hold  options on the soon-to-be 30-year-old worth $7.25MM in 2012 and $8.25MM in 2013 but the club will almost certainly choose to pay a $500K buyout instead.

Huntington also indicated today that if the Pirates decide they can’t keep Rule 5 pick Josh Rodriguez on the roster, they will first try to work out a trade with the Indians in order to keep him.

17 Responses to Pirates GM: Ryan Doumit Talks Have Quieted Leave a Reply

  1. Steven St Croix 4 years ago

    I think Snyder will put up better numbers this year and he too will be gone at the deadline.

  2. bigsweens38 4 years ago

    Doumit= Glass man,if the guy could actually stay healthy for a full season he might be able to put up some pretty decent numbers but his defense is truly god awful,he can’t play behind the plate cause even a slob like me could walk into second and then third. If i recall in softball u always put the worst athlete at first base and we’ve all seen what he can do there,dh only.

    • HerbertAnchovy 4 years ago

      I agree, but Doumit’s bat isn’t good enough to DH either. His offense would be more than acceptable if he was even an average catcher, but you want more out of a guy that’s going to play any other position.

  3. Smrtbusnisman04 4 years ago

    No one will take him at this point. The Pirates are gonna have to pray that he will have a productive first 2-3 months that he generates enough interest from a division contending team.

    Red Sox (maybe if Saltalamacchia struggles)
    Blu Jays (If they are in position to win the Wild Card)
    Angels (Same reason as Jays)
    Padres (maybe if in position and desperate enough but I don’t think he’ll generate attention from NL teams)

    • Snoochies8 4 years ago

      If Kurt Suzuki struggles again this year I could see the A’s making a play for him

      • Smrtbusnisman04 4 years ago

        Ok, But if Beane offers Andy Laroche in return, and Neil accepts, I’m gonna throw a Kanniption fit!!

  4. Stuartsmith1988 4 years ago


    • Karsch 4 years ago


      • Mariners?

      • Stuartsmith1988 4 years ago

        Olivo sucks. Hasn’t doumit played LF?

        • Smrtbusnisman04 4 years ago

          Yeah and he was abysmal. It was like hiring a guy driving a tractor to play right field.

          I’m sorry, but Ryan is nothing more than a glorified hitter with some occasional power.

  5. amputechture 4 years ago

    Doumit has as much trade value as Furbys at swap meets.

  6. Where’s the Pirate fans from a few months ago that was trying to rationalize a trade for our Gavin Floyd built around Ryan Doumit and Andy LaRoche? That’s why you’re not real GMs.

  7. Chrisn313 4 years ago

    Second half stats were ugly I believe

  8. wkkortas 4 years ago

    Personally, I’d like to see the Yankees get a man-crush on Doumit and trade him for one of the C+/B- pitching prospects that they see as lesser value than Bartolo Colon.

  9. bigsweens38 4 years ago

    i’m crossing my fingers too that that baltimore or anyone else would be foolish enough to trade even a bag of dirty jock straps for the guy. With John Russell coming over from the pirates i doubt it will happen though.

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