Doumit Turned Down Dodgers Offer

The Dodgers offered free agent catcher Ryan Doumit a one-year deal for just under $3MM and the catcher turned it down, a source close to the team told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times (via Twitter).  The Angels, meanwhile, still haven't called on the veteran.

Doumit has reportedly received several offers and plans to sign with a team before the month is through.  Yesterday, Doumit's agent Paul Cobbe said that his client could sign within the next few days.

The 30-year-old hit .303/.353/.477 in 236 plate appearances last season.


110 Responses to Doumit Turned Down Dodgers Offer Leave a Reply

  1. Cubs4Ever 4 years ago

    Thats cuz he will be a Cub.

    • bacboris 4 years ago

      Why? Just why?

      There should be a disclaimer on certain fans tag lines, so that they can get the help they need.

    • Matthew Dolter 4 years ago

      i hope this is true instantly makes the cub pitching staff worse

    • CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

      Sir I believe you probably have the record for most comments without a like. How does that make you feel?

    • Salmon4Coach 4 years ago

      So Theo takes over and now the Cubs are saved..Dont get your hopes up Cubby

  2. Todd 4 years ago

    Not surprised

  3. fitz 4 years ago

    Jose Reyes and the Marlins have not agreed to contact terms, according to Joe Capozzi of The Palm Beach Post

    Hooray for false reporting.

    • JacksTigers 4 years ago

      Yay! False reporting!

      • baseball52 4 years ago

        Yay!!!!!!!!!!!

        • The_BiRDS 4 years ago

          Man that picture is so bad. Can you please find one of Lincecum where he doesnt look like a little chinese girl?

          • Salmon4Coach 4 years ago

            I thought that was an actual pic of “baseball52″ 

  4. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    He must not like LA because I don’t see him getting a better offer.

    • Rod Barajas signed for 4 million dollars, are you sure about that?

      • FacelessGeneralManager 4 years ago

        Yea, pirates just should have resigned doumit if he ends up signing for three million.

      • FacelessGeneralManager 4 years ago

        Yea, pirates just should have resigned doumit if he ends up signing for three million.

  5. bleedDODGERblue 4 years ago

    Does he think he’s worth more? Or does he just not want to play for the Dodgers?

    • Salmon4Coach 4 years ago

      He don’t want Dodgers.. 3M is perfect for him 4M max

  6. Tired_OF_FakeRumors 4 years ago

    He will be the Mets biggest acquisitions.

    • vonhayesdays 4 years ago

      Tired of other peoples fake rumors ?

    • Ryan Doumit is so nice that the Mets had to sign him twice

      • MetsMagic 4 years ago

        One time to hit, another to catch Thole’s passed balls. 

        • BucSox 4 years ago

          The only problem with this is that even when he picks up those passed balls he can’t throw out a runner to save his life.

  7. ilikeike29 4 years ago

    Way out of the Wilpons’ price range…

  8. I’m glad the Dodgers only offered one year and not an insane amount. Just under 3 is probably appropriate for him, if he doesn’t it want it go elsewhere.

  9. Ryan Doumit, I think, is worth more than just $3 million. At least offer him an option I’d think. He’s not much of a catcher, but he can play first base and a little right field with a pretty good bat.

    • Matthew Dolter 4 years ago

      he cannot play first. stop making assumptions without ever seeing the guy play.  as a bucco fan whole actually watched him on a regular basis he is a defensive liability at all positions.  This is the problem with only playing 8 different teams on national televised mlb games.

    • Maybe, but with the Dodgers history of overpaying free agent’s I’m glad to see their first offer was tempered.

  10. Joey E 4 years ago

    im glad the dodgers are trying. i didnt think ned had it in him to offer doutmit a deal. too bad he turned it down. would have been a solid signing

    • BruinPirateAnteater 4 years ago

      I don’t like Doumit or his creepy black eyes

  11. Rather have Chris Snyder anyways

  12. neurogame 4 years ago

    Catching is the least of the Dodgers problems – it’s fortuitous Doumit turned down the offer.  LA has holes at second base, third base, left field, the starting rotation and possibly first base.  They don’t need to fritter away a few million on catcher when they have two viable internal options.  Hopefully they look at internal options to all their position problems.  

    And for Pete’s sakes Ned, don’t hand out ANYMORE multi-year contracts to relievers.

    • bigpat 4 years ago

       He would have actually been a very good fit for them in my opinion. They don’t have someone they can count on at catcher, but he can also play in the outfield and at first base, two other positions where they aren’t set at. He could always platoon with Rivera at first and catch other days, and I don’t know what they’re doing in the OF spot that Kemp and Ethier aren’t occupying. Makes a lot of sense from an outsiders perspective.

    • grabarkewitz 4 years ago

      True enough on the catching question, but I hope that Ned finds someone better than Fed Ex to back up Ellis.   From what I saw of the kid, he is Jason Phillips’ bad behind the plate and I don’t see Mattingly or Ned rushing Griff Erickson up from AA, just yet.  Left field is handled, according to Ned, he gave away the mint to Rivera for one month of above average play…can you say Ronnie Belliard? 

      •  Our GM is good at his job

      • neurogame 4 years ago

        What? He’s “Jason Phillips bad behind the plate?” I thought the reason why we traded a top outfield prospect was because he had great defensive skills.  It was his offense that needed work.

        And by the way since your comparison to Jason Phillips, Tim Federowicz is just now recovering from an idiopathic blackout. 

    • CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

      I’m sorry. You’re complaining about problems at first, second, third, and left, but not catcher? Catcher is easily our weakest position. Ellis is fine as a back-up, but from everything I’ve heard Fed-X isn’t ready to play in the bigs on a regular basis. 

      As for filling the other positions Uribe has one of second and third, and I expect him to bounce back at least a little (although that won’t make me hate him any less), between Loney and Rivera we either have first or left covered, depending on who gets signed as a free-agent, and whether or not Loney is non-tendered, and for second if we don’t sign anyone I expect Sellers or DeJesus would be able to produce at a higher level than Ellis and Fed-X would.

      • I’ll take the SSS and Ellis’ .400 OBP as the starter. K, thanks

      • Uh yeah, I’d rather go with Ellis and FedEx instead of spending a lot of money on somebody else. Especially with what’s out there right now.

        • CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

          I agree. I don’t want Doumit to catch, especially not at the money he wants. And there really isn’t anything out there so I’m okay with going into the season with those two as our catchers I guess. I just think that our catching needs more help than other positions.

          • I agree that if we get decent production out of Uribe and Loney, not a given, besides second base catcher is a position of need. We know Ellis can get on base and even showed a little power last year, and FedEx showed his power in ABQ (I know) so maybe he can get that to translate to the big leagues.

          • CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

            I’m hoping Fed-X can produce, but from most things I’ve heard he’s not ready for the Majors, and I don’t want to see him get rushed up when he’s not ready. I kind of want to see someone like J.R. Towles or Max Ramirez signed to play with Ellis at the major league level until Fed-X is ready.

          • I agree that if we get decent production out of Uribe and Loney, not a given, besides second base catcher is a position of need. We know Ellis can get on base and even showed a little power last year, and FedEx showed his power in ABQ (I know) so maybe he can get that to translate to the big leagues.

      • vtadave 4 years ago

        I’d take that bet, as Ellis IMO would easily outproduce Cellblock.

        • CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

          If cellblock is Doumit than you misunderstood me. I’m not saying I want Doumit. In fact I don’t, at least, not as a catcher, and not for the amount of money he appears to want. I’m just saying I don’t think Ellis is a capable starter and I don’t think Fed-X is ready to start in the bigs either, and that I believe the catching needs more help than any other position.

          • Gumby65 4 years ago

            Cellblock = Justin Sellers, in part for obvious last name tie-in, and the tats.

          • CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

            Ahhh. Makes sense. Never heard it though. 

            Well that’s quite possible that Ellis outproduces Sellers but I want to see DeJesus get more of a shot this year if we don’t acquire anyone to play second/third.

      • neurogame 4 years ago

        “I’m sorry.”  I forgive you.

        To what stats can we expect Juan Uribe to bounce back to?  He looked so lost at the plate last year and the +20HR he hit in his encore with the Giants are least likely to be seen in Dodger blue.  He’s solid defensively, but has been deleterious otherwise.

        I would be comfortable going with the FedEx – Ellis tandem, and I have an irrational attachment to Ellis who never seems to be given an everyday shot in the league.

        Sellers and DeJesus sounds like an exciting 2b platoon, but their offense is suspect as well.  I guess I am more comfortable going with a lesser offense at catcher than anywhere else given that Ned gave up one of our a premier outfield prospects in Robinson for him.

        I’m never comfortable with Dodgers signing free agents because they rarely seem to pan out.  I think the last successful signing may have been Jeff Kent and even he caused dissension in the clubhouse.

        I’m with everyone else on this thread – Bring on Ellis and Federowicz.

        • CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

          Good Start. Haha.

          I don’t necessarily expect Uribe to have a great season, but he can’t possibly be worse than he was this year..

          Fed-X and Ellis are fine at catching IF we can’t acquire a solid, proven player, which doesn’t seem to be available anyway.

          I do like Sellers and DeJesus, but I don’t know if they’re really big-league starting material.

          As for signing free agents I agree that they never seem to work, especially big money ones for the Dodgers. I would prefer to sign low-risk, high-reward type guys, especially with our limited payroll space, and need to extend guys like Kemp and Kershaw.

    • Well……

      1-  still got Aaron Miles? keep him at 2b.

      2- Uribe will be your 3b.

      3- Resign Kuroda

      4- Sign Jose Molina

      Lineup:

      1- Gordon SS
      2- Either RF
      3- Kemp CF
      4- Fielder 1b
      5- Loney 1b
      6- Rivera LF
      7- Uribe 3b
      8- Miles 2b

      Bench:

      1b/OF Sands
      IF Velez
      OF Gwynn JR
      C Molina

      Rotation:

      LHP Kershaw
      RHP Billingsley
      RHP Kuroda
      LHP Lilly
      RHP Padilla

      • CAD_Monkey 4 years ago

        “IF Velez”

        Nope.

        Also, your lineup is missing a catcher.

      • Gumby65 4 years ago

        The 2 1B would be awesome…  Loney & Fielder take turns running to backstop?

      • neurogame 4 years ago

        It’s an interesting thought, but on closer inspection I can’t tell whether you are trying to give people seizures.

        Fielder would be amazing, but given his weight, I’m not sure he would be valuable for the life of the entire contract which is expected to run +7yrs.  Also: no owner, no big contract.

        Kuroda still hasn’t confirmed if he wants back to Japan.  He’s a true Dodger and wish him the best either way.

        Padilla is coming off an injury and is yet another calculated risk.

        You don’t have a catcher in your starting lineup.

        And the seizure inducing sign of the offseason —- WHY WHY WHY, do you have Velez on there?  Do you realize he is working on a streak of 66 hitless ABs?  This isn’t like signing an aging veteran so you can witness 500hrs or 3000 hits.  It’s to witness ONE hit.  He can pack his bags and clean out his locker, whose combination needs to be changed for good measure.

        • CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

          If we resign Padilla AGAIN I will go up to Colleti’s office and personally throw him out the window.

          • neurogame 4 years ago

            I wouldn’t mind the Padilla signing if it was for 1 million + performance/health incentives that didn’t exceed say, 2 million.  In between bullpen sessions, he can also teach the young’ins about gun safety. 

            But to have him as a 5th starter like the original post is worthy of a clandestine pornstache ripping on our GM.

          • CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

            No. I will not have Padilla anywhere near this team. He looks like he is going to come stab me. Colleti keeps on bringing him back and he just keeps getting worse. Let him stay gone this time.

          • BlueSkyLA 4 years ago

            I don’t get all the Padilla hatred. Sure he’s got a fragile arm but I seem to recall that the last playoff game the Dodgers actually won was the result of a brilliant performance by Vicente Padilla.

          • IdontknowwhyIpostonforums 4 years ago

            He reminds me of a lesser version of Carlos Zambrano.  I can’t quite place why I dislike him so much, it just seems that he shouldn’t be liked.  And I do not want him back.  I would rather have Jamie Moyer fill the fifth spot/bullpen role.  Imagine going from Kershaw to Moyer to Jansen.  The hitters would go nuts!

      • baybombers 4 years ago

        so the pitchers just have to hope they swing and miss everytime? extra defense at 1b could be nice but if anyone gets on, that pretty much seals the game.

        • CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

          He forgot to mention that he was also going to demand renovations at Dodgers Stadium which would make the backstop six inches away from the back of home plate.

          • baybombers 4 years ago

            LMAO yeah, so the run for the pitcher will be easier. Kershaw could be the leader in double plays created by a pitcher, if it hits the backstop just right. Another league leading stat to his already impressive resume

      • Orlandojjk 4 years ago

        lol oh man look this is what is gonna happen: Loney and Fielder are not gonna be playing 1st base in the same game. We sign Fielder, trade Loney to Tampa Bay for Wade Davis (theres our #5 pitcher). Ellis is now our 2nd baseman. Im not sure who will catch, but it looks like AJ Ellis will. Sands will not start the season on the bench, he’ll probably go to minors. Velez is history literally after his performance in 2011. The bench will look like this: Federowicz Gwynn Sellers Miles and I hope we can sign Reed Johnson for the 2nd OF spot. Check off Padilla and put Davis in there.

  13. Seeing how Barajas got a million more, did not hit nearly as well, and is older, I bet you Doumit gets at least a two year eight million deal.

  14. mauerfan 4 years ago

    I’m on the fence about him. I kinda like Ramon Hernandez better. I’d give Doumit a one year, 5 million dollar deal though.

    • Joey E 4 years ago

      hernandez would cost a draft pick and i think doumit would too, but hernandez is older. no thanks

      • Gunner65 4 years ago

        I’ll be pretty shocked if the Reds offer Ramon arb with their budget constraints … only way it could change is if the new bargaining agreement alters how draft picks are awarded. The last rumor I heard was that teams might get a comp pick between 1st & 2nd round and no teams will have to forfeit picks anymore. 

  15. Doumit is worth at least 4-5 mil. Dodgers trying to go cheap on him.. not surprised he declined it.

  16. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    I really want him to be the Tigers backup catcher.

    • Joey E 4 years ago

      he could get an everyday gig from someone

      maybe he would fit in detroit to backup avila, platoon with delmon young and spell miggy at 1st, but i  think the tigers should get a catch and throw backup

  17. Jay212033 4 years ago

    If Hinske’s option wasn’t picked up he’d be a great addition to the Braves bench. He can play 1B/LF/C(although not well AT ALL but neither can Hinske).

  18. TaillonColeandBellOhMy 4 years ago

    If he signs before the arbitration deadline the Pirates get a sandwich pick, right?

  19. NYBravosFan10 4 years ago

    Has anyone ever noticed how freaky Doumit’s eyes are? I feel like I’m seeing the demon from Paranormal Activity whenever I see his pictures.

    • baybombers 4 years ago

      yeah they do look scary as hell, murderer eyes

  20. Orlandojjk 4 years ago

    As a Dodgers fan Im extremely happy he turned it down. I trust AJ Ellis, but we still need a better short term vet catcher and I didnt see Doumit fitting that discription. Fed-ex looks promising, but we should start him in the minors.

  21. Jeff Bobzin 4 years ago

    as a kershaw owner & dodger fan … phew

  22. arthur3 4 years ago

    Ryan Doumit is such a liability anywhere on the field that his only real positions on a good team will be an occasional designated hitter, a bat off the bench, and definitely a regular fixture on the DL. Gut feeling is that he will get 5 mil plus incentives (his own man cave in the trainer’s room available for the many games he will just not be able to play)

  23. Pete 4 years ago

    He doesn’t belong in the NL, he’s mostly a DH who can play a somewhat passable C or RF during interleague. He needs to be the AL, not playing for the Dodgers, Cubs or Rockies.

  24. pirateswillwinin2013 4 years ago

    AL team is where he needs to be

  25. I think Doumit would be a really nice fit for the Padres. Then again, I can’t see any moderate offensive minded player being attracted to playing in Petco unless they are substantially overpaid. He could play some RF along with Will Venable, and spell Nick Hundley or even Guzman/Rizzo at first as far as that goes. Essentially filling two roles. 

  26. I think Doumit would be a really nice fit for the Padres. Then again, I can’t see any moderate offensive minded player being attracted to playing in Petco unless they are substantially overpaid. He could play some RF along with Will Venable, and spell Nick Hundley or even Guzman/Rizzo at first as far as that goes. Essentially filling two roles. 

  27. Table 4 years ago

    He’s worth more than 3 mill, every free agent seems to be signing for at least 4 milll this offseason, even the bottomfeeders.

  28. Dick Armada 4 years ago

    Angels have international all-star Jeff Mathis. Why would they go after Doumit?

  29. Dick Armada 4 years ago

    Angels have international all-star Jeff Mathis. Why would they go after Doumit?

  30. stroh 4 years ago

    Give me a break…..a bidding war for Ryan Doumit?  3 million pesos, maybe.

  31. Mellow Yellow King 4 years ago

    Ryan Doumit has been a terrible defender in the last few years and has such a small sample size of At-Bats for last year. He should have JUMPED at the chance for 3 million dollars. 

  32. Mellow Yellow King 4 years ago

    Ryan Doumit has been a terrible defender in the last few years and has such a small sample size of At-Bats for last year. He should have JUMPED at the chance for 3 million dollars. 

  33. N 4 years ago

    Wont sign

  34. setupunchtag 4 years ago

    Doumit is not a starting catcher. He’s an injury-prone DH, who can occaisionally play some C and RF poorly. The only way you get your 3 million worth is if your plan is to use him as a DH and bat off the bench. Expecting Doumit to be the starting C, even as a one-year stop-gap is folly. Agree with the posters who say he belongs in the AL. 

  35. MannyBeingMVP 4 years ago

    They say one of three is good in baseball.

    We get “one” for passing on Doumit.

    We lose “one” for signing Ellis for $8.75 million.

    We lose “one” for signing Rivera (not Mariano) for $9 million.

    I would take Barajas over Doumit, catcher is the one position where defense is what matters most, even more than shortstop.  The Pirates has some awesome young pitchers who will be knocking at the door within a year, they are thinking ahead.

    I would have signed Loney for a year over Rivera, compare their second half stats.  Loney is a decent one year option until new onership is in force.

    Ellis is not an upgrade over Carroll.  Uribe and Ellis are going to have a .225 average between them.  They might play OK defense but that puts a lot of pressure on the rest of the offense.

  36. Dodgersarelife 4 years ago

    To the Dodgers? I dont thinks so

  37. Dodgersarelife 4 years ago

    To the Dodgers? I dont thinks so

  38. vtadave 4 years ago

    There’s one somewhere on the web that shows him with his shirt off. Burns an image into your brain that you don’t want.

    Cure: find a picture of Brandon Crawford’s sister.

  39. sourbob 4 years ago

    …uhhh, ’cause the Angels are known for recognizing the value in good bat/questionable glove catchers?

  40. indybucfan 4 years ago

    Actually you’ll get about 40 games before he gets hurt. His best bet is as a DH. His gloves aren’t very good, no matter which one he wears.

  41. Salmon4Coach 4 years ago

    They don’t need this guy.. We have Conger.. .. Wilson is a fine back up catcher.. Angels need OFFENSE for the 9 millionth time..And if he denied a 3M then Angels shouldn’t even approach him he ain’t worth more

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