Twins Sign Ryan Doumit

The Twins agreed to sign Ryan Doumit to a one-year deal, according to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick and Doumit's agency, Sosnick/Cobbe Sports (Twitter link). The deal is worth $3MM and includes performance bonuses, according to Crasnick.  The Twins officially announced the agreement today.

The 30-year-old posted a .303/.353/.477 line in 236 plate appearances for the Pirates in 2011. His role with the Twins figures to depend on the health of Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau. He can catch, play first base or, if both Mauer and Morneau are healthy, contribute as a DH or right fielder.  GM Terry Ryan said during today's press conference, "First and foremost, we consider Ryan a catcher."  Doumit's versatility is an added bonus.

Doumit, a Type B free agent, will lead to a compensatory draft pick for the Pirates in 2012.  The Pirates benefit by Doumit signing early, as they probably would not have offered arbitration.  Doumit received multiple contract offers this offseason, but was intrigued by the American League.

Twins GM Terry Ryan has been busy since assuming leadership of the baseball operations department earlier this month. Minnesota signed infielder Jamey Carroll to a two-year, $6.75MM deal last week.


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192 Comments on "Twins Sign Ryan Doumit"


AmericanMovieFan
3 years 9 months ago

Huh, I guess he was all about the club and not the cash.

sdsuphilip
3 years 9 months ago

sdsu

Bob
3 years 9 months ago

good fit

Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 9 months ago

Anyone else get the feeling that he could have been had for significantly less than $3 mil?

johnsilver
3 years 9 months ago

Nope.. Good pickup if healthy. Can play several positions and other than Shoppach, about the best backup C out there.

Twins get an “A” on this one.

Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 9 months ago

David Ross > Shoppach

chico65
3 years 9 months ago

Not to mention that he can save Mauer from a little more wear and tear behind the plate. 

Todd Smith
3 years 9 months ago

Just because he HAS played several positions doesn’t mean he CAN play several positions.

3 years 9 months ago

Doumit can’t throw out my Grandmother and can’t play anywhere but DH can hit a little.

$21002046
3 years 9 months ago

Twins fans will have a new Cuddyer. Someone who WILL play anywhere but can’t play any position well. This ought to help the league’s worst defense!!

MNTwins12
3 years 9 months ago

Cuddyer actually plays RF quite well.

RiverKKiller999
3 years 9 months ago

Too bad he can’t throw out a runner to save his life.

johnsilver
3 years 9 months ago

They are not asking the guy to play 120+ games everyone.. This guy is a backup catcher they signed to play couple of times a week and fill in at 1b and DH when needed and they got him on the cheap. Why fans from other teams are knocking this outright swindle of a deal is beyond me.

3 years 9 months ago

They are knocking this because im sure some of them are Pirate fans like myself and know for a fact that it is impossible for this guy to stay healthy. The potential is there for every major leaguer but unfortunately he cant seem to stay healthy long enough to find it. Good luck with him and you def could have got him for less than 3 mil

eeee12
3 years 9 months ago

…considering he already turned down $3m from the Dodgers… no, no they could not have.

Leonard Washington
3 years 9 months ago

Not that I care but just because one team was turned down for a certain amount doesn’t mean anything. Every year some player over values himself, doesnt see interest . and signs for less than expected. If the Twins waited a while they might have run the risk of losing him but they. or someone else might have got him a lot cheaper.

RiverKKiller999
3 years 9 months ago

Ugh, I was being half sarcastic and half real. I know his D is terrible but I actually think it’s a decent fit for him and the Twins since there is a DH spot for him to fill if needed be.

3 years 9 months ago

career throw out percentage of .25/ over that same span the league average  .28 seems reasonable for a guy who won’t be expected to catch more than twice a week

Smrtbusnisman04
3 years 9 months ago

He was terrible at defense, especially in the outfield. In 2010, he terribly misjudged a popup in shallow right field and his throwing arm is terrible.

Still, he has pop in his bat and could fill in for Justin Morneau occasionallt

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

Is he just going to DH? Or is he going to be more of a role player (like 1st, C, RF, LF, etc)?

Edit: Question answered.

3 years 9 months ago

Did you read the article?  It seems pretty clear to me that he will be used by the Twins at several positions, in a true utilitarian maximization of Doumit’s abilities.

And before you ask, yes, he would have been a nice fit on the Phillies.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

When I posted this it just had the first paragraph.

3 years 9 months ago

Hey, Ryan…we get it, okay. You don’t like Brian Schneider.

BoSoxSam
3 years 9 months ago

What’s with all the catchers signing early? Treanor, Laird, Schneider, Doumit…

The_BiRDS
3 years 9 months ago

Molina

hoagiebuchanan
3 years 9 months ago

There’s only so many Major League catching jobs out there, boss.

Blanketsburg
3 years 9 months ago

A healthy Mauer plus Doumit as backup C gives very good offensive production from the catcher spot.

3 years 9 months ago

Absolutely right.

3 years 9 months ago

A   bit  leary  on  his  B A  and  it  being  consistent …

3 years 9 months ago

Career BA .271 & hasn’t been below .250 since 2006, also career OPS: .777

ClimaClub
3 years 9 months ago

very good deal for the twins, i like what they are doing this offseason so far

Rcsully
3 years 9 months ago

Nice fit … a little DH,1B,C good value for Twins

3 years 9 months ago

this is awesome news for the Twins!

3 years 9 months ago

Doumit could play 90 games this year between backing up: Mauer, Morneau, RF, & DH. Plus it is always nice to have a backup catcher who can play other positions too.

Threat_Level_RedSox
3 years 9 months ago

I doubt he would of signed if he didnt think he could play atleast 120. Considering he turned down the dodgers offer for the same amount it comes down to playing time. Dont forget that beyond Mauer and Morneau’s health issues, the twins are likely to lose both Kubel and Cuddyer.

3 years 9 months ago

I still think they’ll sign at least one more corner OF – maybe two, maybe three. Doumit provides a great fit either way

Threat_Level_RedSox
3 years 9 months ago

Considering how absurd some of the contracts are going to be and the lack of over all talent in the FA market i’m guessing they sign a platoon OF with some upside. Cody Ross or Ludwick maybe.

3 years 9 months ago

haven’t thought about those two but I like them as well.

Todd Smith
3 years 9 months ago

Don’t forget to factor in the 80 games he’ll miss due to injury.  He’s only played 90+ games twice in his 7 year career.

3 years 9 months ago

This sees like a pretty smart signing. Two in a row, no less. 

Alex
3 years 9 months ago

Interesting, I wouldn’t have expected the Twins. I guess they’re not 100% confident in Mauer and Morneau’s health.

0vercast
3 years 9 months ago

Nor should they be.

cfjohnsn56
3 years 9 months ago

As a life-long Pirates fan, trust me when I say that you don’t want Doumit anywhere near 1B and you will be nervous when you puts on the armour as well.

He is a bat without a defensive position and will be much better suited as a DH than any defensive position.

3 years 9 months ago

Thanks  for  the  heads  up ….

bblh
3 years 9 months ago

makes me feel better about the Giants not getting him, I thought he’d be a good fit for us…carroll too!

3 years 9 months ago

Glad the Dodgers didn’t get him, but then again we ended up with worse, Treanor is no prize either.

johnsilver
3 years 9 months ago

“you will be nervous when you puts on the armour as well.”

Not any worse than Napoli and we saw how good Texas did in 2011 with him behind the plate.

Twins should be ok with Doumit, just worry about keeping him on the field for 50+ games along with Mauer healthy all season.

Todd Smith
3 years 9 months ago

I would say Doumit is significantly worse than Napoli.

I’d be willing to take a little sacrifice in defense if Doumit was hitting .320 and 30 HR.

Todd Smith
3 years 9 months ago

Used to call him “Oumit” because he has no D.

3 years 9 months ago

Ha!

Henduck
3 years 9 months ago

I prefer “DOH!mit”

MNTwins12
3 years 9 months ago

Great news, and a great day to be a Twins fan.

3 years 9 months ago

It’s not exactly Albert Pujols we’re talking about here.

Then again, it’s not exactly Drew Butera we’re talking about here either.

A good signing by the Twins, but far from earth-shattering… which would have been the case if the Twins signed Prince Fielder.

MNTwins12
3 years 9 months ago

Did I mention anything about this signing being earth-shattering?
Nope, okay so where did I talk about Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder?

The back up cather postion was a huge disapointment last year, and it is great to see our GM address this issue. If Doumit get close to his ’11 stats in the ’12 season, then it IS great news, and it IS a great day to be a Twins fan.

$21002046
3 years 9 months ago

Wow. A 31 year old, injury prone, stone handed backup catcher, and a 38 year old career utility player, who has never played even half the games at short in any season to be the everyday SS! Yep, GREAT DAYS for Twins fans LMFAO

John DiRienzo
3 years 9 months ago

you seem like you’re wound a little tight. can’t a fan just be happy with some decent moves after years of fail?

just because you’re not happy with your life and situation doesn’t mean others can’t

nick1538
3 years 9 months ago

I hope the Twins still sign/trade for another backup Catcher leaving Doumit to play the majority of the time at DH while occasionally filling in at 1B, C and OF.   This is also nice insurance should Morneau have further concussion issues.  Probably means that the Twins won’t re-sign Cuddyer though. 

3 years 9 months ago

Wow first Jamey Carroll and now Ryan Doumit.  Twins are really targeting some nice solid players this offseason.  It’s nice to see a team address areas of weakness in a way that is both economical and statistically appealing. 

3 years 9 months ago

Next we gotta make that deal with Colorado and get either Brothers or Betancourt in a deal ivolving sending them Slowey or Blackburned

MNTwins12
3 years 9 months ago

Gardy is in love with Blackburn so that leaves Slowey, and I really don’t think Colorado is that stupid.

3 years 9 months ago

Colorado actually wanted slowey last season, why I don’t know but they approached Smith about him.

MNTwins12
3 years 9 months ago

Twins now need to sign a durable starting pitcher, and move Brian Deunsing to the bullpen. That would pretty much kill 2 birds with 1 stone.

johnsilver
3 years 9 months ago

Well… Here is an idea after the kudos thus far to the nice FA sign they made today..

Rather than pursue rubbish throwers such as Blackburn,Slowy, Baker etc.. In the draft and sign FA like Pavano who can’t break a pane of glass with their FB.. begin drafting people that throw a weeeee bit harder and maybe get more consistency as just a general rule.

Granted it does not always hold true, but having someone who can throw 92 or so helps at least a little as compared to a SP on the mound who cannot even hit 90 sometimes as the Twins have a couple of.

All SP will not fit into that Jim Kaat mold and have success like that throwing slow and have wondered why the Twins have continued to draft/develop these types of SP for so long.

MNTwins12
3 years 9 months ago

Francisco Liriano throws about 92, and at times Baker reaches 94. Baker was our best pitcher last year and is definetely not rubbish, while Pavano was our workhorse to help save our horrible bullpen from any further embarrasement. If our rotation looked like this we would be just fine. (If they stayed healthy)

1. Edwin Jackson
2. Carl Pavano
3. Scott Baker
4. Francisco Liriano
5. Nick Blackburn / Anthony Swarzak

I understand your theory, and I agree. Pitching to contact is a good way to coach if you have a great defense, which we don’t. I’m not saying I love our starting pitchers, but our budget is limited, and I don’t see us being able to sign more than one starter from free agency at this time. Edwin Jackson IMO would be a great fit in our rotation.

3 years 9 months ago

If I’m the Twins, and I have to deal with the health concerns of Morneau and Mauer, it would make me kind of nervous signing another oft injured player to back up my oft injured players. 

That being said, I’m a Tigers fan and wanted the Tigers to sign Doumit to back up Avila.  I don’t think DD wanted to pay Avila’s backup 5 times more than Avila, however.

doyers
3 years 9 months ago

why didn’t he sign with the Dodgers he rejected their offer for 1 yr 3 millon and he accepted the twins for the same amount.

3 years 9 months ago

For the same amount, he probably chose the location he preferred.

Plus, the Twins can offer him the DH spot, at least occasionally, which could help him stay healthy and build his value for next off season.

3 years 9 months ago

Fantastic signing and perfect fit. Well done, Twins.